My Child Died of a Drug Overdose and I Feel Guilty

My Child Died of a Drug Overdose and I Feel Guilty

A parent’s worst nightmare is to find their son or daughter lying in bed from a drug overdose.  Many parents begin to blame themselves for not doing enough to help their child to beat their drug addiction. Sometimes a parent can be the best role model for their child and their son or daughter will still turn to drugs.  The main thing to keep in mind is that it is not your fault? You cannot blame yourself for someone’s life decisions no matter if they are your family member or not.  Death is unexpected and nobody truly knows when or why we will die. You raise your child with love, care and the best that you can.  You messed up like everyone does in life.  However, you cannot blame yourself for someone else choosing to take drugs or drink alcohol. If it brings any comfort to you, many parents that do send their children to a treatment center experience loss as well.  Whether your send your child to a treatment center or not does not guarantee that they will spend a lifetime sober.  Most people that go into a drug and alcohol treatment program end up going back again.  Unfortunately, drug and alcohol treatments have not come up with a 100% sound proof system that works for everyone. Many testimonies are out there from people that did stop taking drugs and drinking alcohol for life. However, these stories are not all that common. It is more common to hear about people continuing in their addiction for a lifetime.  Beating alcohol and drug addiction has a lot of factors to...
Chris Farley:  Remembering the Comedian that Died of a Drug Overdose 18 Years Ago

Chris Farley: Remembering the Comedian that Died of a Drug Overdose 18 Years Ago

If you ever wanted to have a good laugh, you could always turn to comedy.  In the 1990’s a famous comedian and actor by the name of Chris Farley made us all laugh.  He starred in movies such as: Tommy Boy, Almost Heroes, Beverly Hills Ninja, Black Sheep, Airheads, Wayne’s World and Coneheads.  The actor was also known for his weekly appearances on Saturday Night Live. Sadly, on December 18, 1997, Chris Farley died of a drug overdose at the young age of 33.  His friends knew him to be sensitive, funny and a pleasure to be around.  On January 3, 1998, The New York Times reported that Chris Farley died of a drug overdose of cocaine and morphine.  His body was found on the floor of his apartment.  The police did not find any foul play in the finding of his body.  Drug and alcohol addiction is a problem that effects over 50 million American’s every single year.  Millions of people don’t know how to control their intake of drugs and often the problem spins out of control. We must ask ourselves what pain Chris Farley had in his life that could have caused him to turn to drugs.  Why did he feel the need to take drugs in order to find his happiness?  Could his death have been prevented if he found a good treatment program that could have worked for him?  This is a question that thousands of parents are asking themselves today? Could I have helped my son or daughter more than what I did? Families across America today are trying to find answers.  Many...
Is Smoking Marijuana Really an Innocent Drug that is Being Legalized in Some States?

Is Smoking Marijuana Really an Innocent Drug that is Being Legalized in Some States?

If you happen to live in Colorado, Oregon, Washington or Alaska, you are probably aware that marijuana has been legalized for both recreational and medical use.  Many parents are having to ask themselves the hard question of, “Should I let my child smoke pot?”   Many celebrities such as Snoop Dogg and Seth Rogen admit to smoking pot regularly.  Smoking pot is “fun and games” for a lot of people that use it recreationally. Marijuana is said to give you a high that is calm and soothing.  Many people that smoke it say that there is no harm in getting high on pot.  Others that use it for medical use say that it relieves pain.  If pot is so good for many people, why are the other states against legalizing marijuana usage? Many young adults choose to smoke pot because their friends are smoking it already.  It is often mixed with alcohol, friendly conversations amongst friends and family members.  Many people that smoke pot will only use this drug.  It is often a lot like smoking cigarettes.  However, there is a certain percentage of people that will smoke part and then start taking a harder drug such as cocaine or heroin.  Many young adults feel that they can handle marijuana, so why not try cocaine, heroin or flakka.  When a person first tries one of these harder drugs, it feels great.  The drug helps them to forget about their present day world and takes them somewhere beyond their own reality.  Over time, these drugs cause a person to get addicted.  Once a person is addicted to a hard drug such...