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Addiction, Overdose & Recognising the signs

After recently turning 30 I still consider myself young, but when I think about the things I have been exposed to, as have my friends and family, I feel we are old beyond our years. We have seen too much heart ache and suffering.

We have seen beautiful people taken well before their years – when we were in high school I clearly remember a lovely young girl in the year below who died from an accidental heroin overdose – she was 15 – about year ago, I heard about a fellow past classmate, who in his late 20’s, was taken by the same fate.

We have lived through watching ourselves, friends and family all suffer. We have lost people close, we have lost acquaintances, we have seen pain and suffering in ways that no one wants to bear.

But we are not special. Everyone knows someone, or is touched by someone that is suffering or has suffered and we can make the difference now, by reaching out and by speaking out.

If there is something that you think doesn’t feel quite right, within yourself or someone you care about, don’t ignore that instinct. Ask if they are ok, ask if they need help. Ask yourself, do I need help.

Seeking support can be the hardest thing for a lot of people, the thought of it is too terrifying to comprehend. Sometimes, it just takes one person, one sentence, “are you ok” to make all the difference in the world.

To access very useful tools and resources you can visit https://www.overdoseday.com/

If you are seeking immediate support or are in a crisis, please call Lifeline on 13 11 44. If you would like to speak to us about treatment for yourself or a loved one, please call 1800 063 332 or email info@southpacificprivate.com.au