Learning About the Faces of AddictionPosted: Updated:
In a crowd of faces, how can you tell if one is or will become an addict?
"We can all become addicted to whatever substance. We are all vulnerable," said Anita Seefried-Brown with Alliance for Better Communities.
Seefried-Brown spoke out about drug addiction in the community in a presentation titled Faces of Addiction. She said she wants people to realize just how easy it is to be exposed to drugs and become addicted.
"They need to know that young people, as young as eleven or twelve years old, they're experimenting with medications," said Brown. "Where do they get them from? They get them from their parents' medicine chest?"
And for people who are actually are prescribed the medication, the path towards addiction can be easier. Doctor Charlie Moehs has been treating people going through withdrawal for over a decade.
"At least 70 percent are related to prior use of opioids through pain use or whatever," Moehs said.
Seefried-Brown said she also wants people to not be afraid to get help for others or themselves.
"The 911 Good Samaritan Law protects individuals. They need to be able to feel that they can call the authorities," said Seefried-Brown. "They can call 911. They can call for help."
This event was the first of three presentations geared towards getting the word out about what many call an epidemic and how people can fight it.
The next session is scheduled for January 14, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Anchor Recovery Center and the third session is scheduled for March 4, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., tentatively at the First Presbyterian Church.
The sessions are free and open to the public.