I am not sure what is compelling me to post the following, but maybe just one person will read this and, after reading it, will take a look at those around them that may need help. Too often parents miss the obvious signs that they have a child on the brink of stepping across the line.
Sometimes they just don’t know how to deal with it. Sometimes they are just blind to what is happening.
This was written by a dear friend of mine in another country. The same problem is running rampant around the world, in the U.S., in Latin America, Europe, etc.
Here is what this concerned individual wrote.
She arrived at court looking pretty. Almost her old self. Gave me a grateful hug for being there. The magistrates court was very busy … Filled to over flowing with broken people, a man who turned to drugs for comfort while he nursed his wife at the end of her life. Young people who had disregarded their conditions of probation…. Drugs, drugs, drugs.
When the judge addressed this young woman he said that she is a pin up poster of youngsters who start in high school on marijuana thinking that it is harmless fun. Well it isn’t! It is the start that leads to destroyed lives. In sentencing he found no excuse for drug induced behaviours and absolutely zero tolerance of attacks of any type on medical staff in emergency wards.
He was sick to death of druggies coming in requiring several of the emergency staff to attend to them while there are people in dire need of assistance waiting for help! He said that he intended to send the community at large a strong message that this was not acceptable!!!
He did that and we as her family are shattered. How did this beautiful young woman who had everything going for her end up here. It is not too late. She can still make good choices… I only hope that she does. She has the full support of her family to help her climb back up that difficult road, if that’s what she wants.
You can feel the concern. You can feel the love. My heart breaks for those closely involved.