I have had my battles in the past with drugs and alcohol. And realize what it is to have a problem, and overcome that problem. And over the past few days I have thought about the options of help for those who have a problem.
Pathways is a great program that gives an option to people here in Heard County who may have a problem. Although I have other options such as A.A, N.A, Overcomers Outreach, and Celebrate Recovery on my mind for the people of Heard County.
I had the pleasure to experience each of these self-help groups while I lived in Dalton, Ga. And I do understand that was Dalton and that this is Franklin. I also know that there are these groups in other towns that are close by.
But an addict would rather go up the road five minutes and get their drug of choice. Rather than themselves or someone else drive them around 15-30 minutes for a self-help meeting.
I just would like to see there be other options for those who wanted help for the problem of todays life. The reality is that addiction is running rampant in the world of today, every place you go, and even here in Heard County.
Think about this… Every single person is either directly or indirectly affected from drugs or alcohol. Mothers, Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, Aunts and Uncles are all included in this category. With that being said… I would love to see some of those groups be put into place here in Heard County.
It would be a great thing for those who do want to better themselves.. And just want someone that understands them be there for them. I have two years of sobriety that I am truly thankful for.. I give all the credit to Jesus Christ!
And being able to have the kinda support systems I have had the privilege of being a apart of. I would love to be apart of a group of people who could be dedicated to helping those who just need a little of encouragement.
And not just be wrote off by society as just that “addict” or “junky” that everyone knows. I know that if I can change anyone can… So I challenge us all to try to step up and help the helpless… And reach the unreachable… And make a difference in our own world today!