There are no stories this week.
In a 24 hour time period, we lost two promising young lives in two completely unrelated tragedies. What makes their deaths even harder to accept is that on the outside, they looked like the last people you would ever think were drug abusers.
She was a young mother, just 27 years old. He was a 26 year-old college graduate who had a good job at a respectable firm. On the outside, their lives seemed perfectly healthy, but as we all know, looks can be very deceiving. Underneath the seemingly healthy surface lurked turmoil and the chilling truth. Compounding these devastating deaths is the reality that there were people close to these two victims who knew of their struggles, but kept quiet, afraid of the shame and embarrassment that could result if the truth were revealed.
So instead of getting help, these two young people struggled alone.
And this week we buried them both.
I urge you. I beg of you.
If you know someone with a drug problem, make sure they get help. Drugs kill people. Shame kills people. Secrets kill people.
And we just can’t afford to lose any more.
Zvi Gluck is the director of Amudim Community Resources, an organization dedicated to helping abuse victims and those suffering with addiction within the Jewish community and has been heavily involved in crisis intervention and management for the past 15 years. For more information go to www.amudim.org.
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