In the wake of 31 year old Cory Monteith’s death, comedian and notorious twitter personality, Rob Delaney, used his social media presence to tell addicts that there is help available for addiction.
On Sunday, he tweeted “Love to Cory Monteith. If drugs/alcohol are killing you, there is help available. I got sober 11 yrs ago at 25. It can be done.”
In response to some of the replies he received, the comedian and writer took to Tumblr to tell people that recovery is possible, and no one is beyond help.
“I’m only writing this because I sensed a fatalism in some of the replies I received from people, suggesting they believe that some folks are destined to OD and die.” He writes. “ F- that. F- you if you think that. Addiction is a brutal, cunning, shapeshifting enemy, but I’ve seen people from every walk of life kick it in the f-ing mouth. But if you want to beat it, you must ACKNOWLEDGE ITS STRENGTH.”
He goes on to say “Booze and drugs are elemental; they don’t care about the alcoholic/addict. They don’t love her, they don’t hate her. But they’ll kill her dead if she doesn’t stand arm in arm with her brothers and sisters and GET HIP to the skill set that will allow her to continue to draw breath in a world where booze and drugs exist.”
As a recovering addict myself, I can’t help but be pleased that there is another voice out there, advocating for recovery. Addiction is a highly stigmatized disease, and many don’t seek help because of it. But addiction can be treated, and recovery is possible.
I see people pulled back from the brink of death every day. I’ve seen them turn their life around. I’ve seen them recover.
I cannot repeat enough, nor loud enough, that I absolutely believe addiction recovery is possible, and I believe that hope is a key cornerstone to those fighting for recovery.
Addiction is a deadly disease, but it doesn’t have to end in death. It is a sad waste of a life whenever anybody dies the way Cory Monteith did, whether they are found dead in a fancy hotel room or dead in a gutter – the end result is still the same.
There’s hope for every single addict out there.
If you are in recovery, share your story. Spread the word. Be a light in someone else’s darkness. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to write a guest blog about your journey to recovery.
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