I've had a lot on my mind over the past week. And one thing in particular has stood out and stayed with me. The loss of too many due to alcohol in some way. And by too many, I mean more than zero deaths. Unfortunately I've had to say goodbye to two wonderful people in less than a year, and it's made me think about how sad substance abuse really is. People always think it will never happen to them, but that's when it strikes. Neither death was truly intentional, but neither wasn't at the same time. And all I ask is that you be careful. I'm being selfish right now because I don't want to lose anyone else I care about to a bottle of vodka. The occasional drink is fine, I do it, but if you're going home every night and drinking yourself to sleep, then you have a problem. I just ask that you realize it and look at your life and know that you have people who love and care about you that will help you. Those that encourage the drinking are not the ones who care, they're the ones who support your problem.
I know I have no right to preach, lecture or what else, but having lost two amazing people and knowing several more with an addiction, it's just made me think how precious life is. There's nothing so bad that a friend/family/professional can't help with in a more effective way than what you think that bottle can do. I'm not trying to upset anyone in particular, or anyone for that matter. I'm just expressing what I've been feeling, and I needed to get it out.
I've said my piece. I love you all.