I find in my campaign to educate and support those suffering from addiction, a daunting foe. The ostrich. It seems every time I speak addictions name, one of this species magically appears.
An ostrich is confusing. For it appears as a person. Really. I’ve spoken to many. Of course at the time you don’t know you’re speaking to an ostrich. Endless time, energy and resources go into your conversation. For an ostrich has many woes.
Perhaps their partner/child/mother/father/neighbor/friend or co-worker is drinking/using to much. This behavior is causing the ostrich tremendous pain and misery. The ostrich blames society for not doing enough. We should demand more from our politicians, our doctors, our police, and our schools.
An ostrich has all the answers, but they don’t like conflict. At least not face to face.
Although they have much to say, they prefer to say it when you’re not looking.
An ostrich is not so much shy, as it is fearful.
An ostrich waits….. for somebody else to fix it.
An ostrich allows embarrassment to keep them from doing the things that will help them, or their families, get better,
An ostrich hates addiction. Loathes it. Wants nothing more than to be rid of it once and for all.
Trouble is an ostrich finds it easier to bury its head in the sand and hide, when addiction shows up.
Seems to me we all have a little ostrich in us when it comes to addiction.
My personal experience?
One on one we might talk about addiction. Maybe we tell a friend, carefully scripting the truth of our experience. Perhaps we tell a counselor, or clergy. We acknowledge what we should do.
But most of us want somebody else to do the dirty work.
Do you have any idea what might happen if we did away with the ostrich?
Perhaps we could end addiction.
Acknowledgement, treatment, education and support ends addiction.
Lend your voice. Please don’t be an ostrich.
We can and do make a difference. The next time you’re asked to voice your thoughts, speak up. There are days I feel like giving up. Maybe even becoming an ostrich. It would be the easy thing to do. But then I’d have to explain to my children, and my children’s-children, why it is I decided to leave the problem to them.
You can’t wish addiction away. It’s here to stay. If we don’t find our voice, and soon, we’ll be facing an epidemic outbreak of ostriches.
Addiction, the conversation no one wants to have.
Do you believe we can change the future?