The following statement from University of Minnesota Addiction Neuroscience Research summarizes the reason we want to raise money to support this cause:
“We know that drug abuse is a nervous system disorder and that its ultimate treatment and cure will depend on a comprehensive understanding of the pathological effects of drugs on the brain.”
Addiction is declared one of our nations epidemics. It affects thousands of people all over the world. One of emergency goals of the opioid crisis is to “support cutting-edge research on addiction and pain”.
Addiction also affects family, loved one and friends of those, who suffer from this disease. Opioids addiction happens and takes our loved ones so fast that we feel powerless and incapable of helping them.
Our other goals include the following financial support for:
- High School academic scholarships for kids, who struggle with addiction but still graduate.
- Professional institutions that provide inpatient and outpatient care
- Starting sober houses and halfway houses
In conclusion we wanted to cite someone, who lost their child to addiction:
“Addiction is a lifelong disease. Once a person is an addict they will fight it the rest of their life. Addiction doesn’t always look like someone begging for money on the corner, addiction can look like someone who works 5-6 days a week working overtime every day.
Addiction doesn’t always look like what you see in movies. Addiction can be someone who loves children (and they love them back). Like taking your nephew on a breakfast date before dropping them off at school.
Addiction can affect someone who loves their mom dying of cancer and takes care of her while being emotionally crushed. Being clean from addiction does not make you any less of an addict. You will ALWAYS be an addict, the only difference is whether you are currently using or currently clean.
Addiction doesn’t always look like someone who can’t pay their bills. Addiction can be someone who pays
their bills first and gets high second.
Addiction does not equal a bad person, but rather a person who made some bad choices. Sometimes addiction is selfless, it can be a person who would give you the shirt off their back.
Addiction isn’t always a thief or a liar. Addiction can sometimes be functioning in life and not obvious to many people around them.
If you or someone you know is an addict please get help. You won’t ever “cure” your addiction, but getting help could save your life. Getting help means going through the debilitating detox, creating new habits, learning coping skills, and gives you a chance to get and stay clean. If you love an addict, please don’t stop loving them. You can love an addict without enabling them. You let them know that even if they aren’t ready now, you will be there when they are.”
We are raising money for a great cause to support University of Minnesota Medical Discovery Team on Addiction - Strategy to Develop New Therapies for Opioid-Use Disorder.