I just finished up a “virtual” first oncology appointment with a close friend of mine. As if the coronavirus wasn’t enough, my friend now has to quarantine knowing her time on this planet is limited. She is confronted with that “if you had one year to live” scenario. This entire situation has initiated some serious reflection on my part. It’s astonishing how one experience can completely turn your world upside and change your outlook.
Cancer is an Equal Opportunity Disease
In most cases, cancer is not preventable. It’s not picky either. Anyone can be it’s target. It can strike the young or old, the healthy or unhealthy, the rich or poor, the famous or not famous. It’s an unfortunate truth in life. Hopefully, there will be medical breakthroughs and a definitive cure someday.
Substance Use Disorder is Treatable
Addiction, however, is a disease we can do something about. It’s true that there are no magic cures and it’s very difficult to combat, but it IS treatable. Millions have overcome this brutal disease. Now more than ever, there are many evidence-based options for treatment. There is a fit and path for anyone and everyone when they are ready and willing to try it.
Supporting a friend through cancer has made me realize that I never want to be in the position of thinking “if I hadn’t….” or “if I only had…”
Reflecting on Substance Use Disorder
Think about your addictions and how they may play out in the future. Are you potentially shortening your life? Are you setting yourself up for a painful, preventable end of life? Do you and your family deserve better? Are you willing to go to any length to rewrite your own story?
With the world slowed down to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, you may find yourself with time to reflect on your life. Treatment for addiction is available and possible. We at the Coleman Network are here to help. Reclaim your life. As they say in the AA promises “We will not regret the past, nor wish to shut the door on it.” Let us help you find YOUR path to recovery. Schedule a callback below.
Deborah Reich, MD