ARE YOU IN NEW HAMPSHIRE..if so, an important message for you. Many times those with addictions end up on the streets and/or become missing. Helping to lower the amount of missing loved ones each day, begins with helping solve some of the influences that may cause one to become missing in the first place, and addictions/substance abuse is a background factor in many cases.
Therefore, we implore you to sign your support so that families can have a loved one admitted to rehab, even if they don't "want the help." Please support this important cause. There are many beautiful lives lost to substance abuse and rehab is a needed tool to save lives.
We know people are saying that "one who is addicted must want rehab themselves" but we believe that's old school thoughts...and obviously doesn't work if families are having to wait for those they love to reach rock bottom and wanting help. Many times that wait becomes too long, and then becomes too late.
Often, those addicted have a very low self esteem, along with depression, that they refuse rehab for fears of having to face living a life clean and sober. Their emotional fears "of living a drug free life" is too painful to do without the drugs to "soften the blows" of every day living.
Forcing a loved one into rehab can provide them the necessary services, and emotional help, needed to fight addiction. Yes, this could be considered a "tough love" approach and should it not work, nothing really changes. But if it does work, a life can be saved. Isn't that worth trying?
On July 16, 2016 John C. "Bubba" Carter 18, died of a drug overdose, in Londonderry, NH. Only a few months before, with the help of family and friends, Bubba entered his final detox and rehab. After three weeks he left the facility and returned home where he continued to spiral out of control. At some point, which his family later learned, he maintained 30 days of sobriety on his own between March and April. He was very proud of himself. They then learned he relapsed in May of 2016.
|John C. "Bubba" Carter, 18|
In Massachusetts, and a number of other states, they have Section 35 which allows a family member, police officer or doctor to have a person civilly committed who are struggling with addiction, and committed for the treatment of substance, or alcohol abuse. A judge then can have that person committed to a detox for up to 30 days or more. New Hampshire has a civil commitment for mental illness, but it does not cover alcohol or drugs.
As Bubba's family painfully says, "Maybe if we had that option the police, or us as family, could have had Bubba committed. Things may have been different. If only we had a law in New Hampshire similar to Section 35 as our neighboring state. We don't know if it would have saved his life but we wish we did have that option as a tool to at least try."
Please help provide that tool. Sign to support on the side of hope for families who have loved ones with addictions.
Link to sign and show your support:
This message supported by the family of John C. "Bubba" Carter and LostNMissing Inc.
See 20/20′s special report on heroin addiction in Manchester, NH: http://abc.go.com/shows/2020/episode-guide/2016-03/11-031116-breaking-point-heroin-in-america
LostNMissing Inc, a 501c(3) Nonprofit is based in Londonderry, NH and assists law enforcement and families of missing.