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Addiction risk is peaking too! - reach out

I know the trauma of unemployment. And the risk of depression around it. It's gravitational pull is strong. Now, put into that cocktail the current situation in this country on opioid addiction- raise the scale to 30million plus, have people social distance - and we run a serious risk of heartbreaking loss like what happened with Melissa Ethridge's son this week.
Her note about her son is below.

I feel so sad for his loss and pain of those who loved him. But I feel fear for how many stories of addiction in the face of current circumstances will emerge and the scars they will create.

So - if this is you - reach out for help. If not to friends, try this resource: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline . Their number is :1-800-662-HELP (4357) I suggest that one as it is gov sponsored and legit (a lot of what you will find searching on google are scams meant to fleece Obamacare health $ - not actually help).

If this concern makes you think of someone you love - you can also get help and guidance at this number -but I encourage you to also reach out directly. Let people know you love them, stay in touch, have thick skin. Remember addiction is a powerful chemical issue and not just behavior - i.e. be patient. But STAY connected! There are many risks to this criss we all are in. And the tragedy of Melissa Ethridge's is a reminder of this very real risk. Lets look out for one another - and on this issue in particular. #StrongerTogether #Addiction #Wellness #Resource #coronavirus #unemployment

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Jessica Catalano

I love you Melissa!! I saw you a few years ago at The Paramount in Huntington NY. I’m so so very sorry for your loss. I can’t even imagine how that feels but my grandma knew as she lost my mother when she was only 23, I was 2. And she had a headache that never healed but was a strong woman, like you. She learned to live with the pain and talking about her daughter which kept her memory alive, was healing her in itself. You will see him again, when it’s your turn to go so hold onto that on the days that seem endless and unbearable. Sending love and prayers for you. It never goes away but over time the waves of pain get further apart.


Eric Jackson

God bless and try to focus on the good memories. His spirit lives on. Eric J


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