By Dr. Joseph Kirkpatrick
When you lose a loved one due to an overdose, there are a number of factors that can compound and intensify your grief, making it much more difficult to come to terms with the loss. Society treats this loss differently than a death from any other cause. There is often a belief that the one who died must have somehow been a bad person. And for those of us left behind, that we too must have somehow been a bad parent, a bad spouse, a bad partner, a bad sibling, a bad friend, etc. or the person we love wouldn’t have died. These beliefs are simply not true.