addiction ad·dic·tion (ə-dĭk’shən)
Habitual psychological and physiological dependence on a substance or practice beyond one’s voluntary control.
I get comments all the time from people saying that you can’t force an addict into substance treatment. That is the biggest myth I hear. A gravely addicted person is under the influence and in great bondage to the drug , alcohol or substance they are ingesting. They are in a life and death situation. They are mentally and physically sick. Addiction is a disease that requires treatment. Death is not an acceptable answer. Ask any parent whose child has died of an accidental overdose, and they will tell you. An addict is sick and needs intervention to overcome the chains of addiction. They need help to get to step one.
Some do relapse and this is often part of the disease of addiction. The goal is to show mercy and compassion and continue to assist the life and death struggle. For all the mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters who call and write to me, I promise to stay dedicated to this advocacy until it comes to pass.
Update 3.26.2011: The Latest News on Indiana Senate Bill No. 22
It looks no action will be taken on Indiana Senate Bill 22 this year. It was not heard in committee and considering it wasn’t heard, there seems to be no bill that it can be amended into at the present.
For those in Indiana, please contact IN.Senator Vi Simpson, IN. Senator Richard Bray and IN. Senator Brent Steele with your support of this legislation
[The Jennifer Act]. The process of getting a bill drafted and heard, is all done by our local State Representatives in the House and the Senate. Thank you for your continued support.
Jennifer Reynolds Mother~ Sharon Blair