Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-09-08 21:04:48 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WTVF) —He played one of the most iconic characters on the hit HBO show The Wire, but Michael K. Williams’ disappearance focuses on the impact of addiction on all of us. Is collecting.
Williams suffered from overdose earlier this week after suffering from substance abuse for years. He had just begun treatment and was speaking out about the challenge of not using it anymore.
These are issues that Mitzi Dawn is familiar with, but he says are rarely talked about by prominent entertainers like Williams.
“Often you wonder what’s going on with them? They have everything. Why are they suffering,” Dawn said.
That’s it, Dawn says the addiction doesn’t know the boundaries. So why should we assume that everyone has immunity? When it came to understanding the idea that dawn was an addict, it didn’t look real at first.
The addicts were homeless people in need of repairs, or wealthy celebrities attending luxury rehab facilities. At dawn, she had a party three nights a week, but she thought she was less harmful than any other friend.
“I had a lot of fun in the first year. I felt connected. I felt like I was part of something,” Dawn said.
Dawn immediately says that the drug she first chose was perfect. As a musician, she chased it as much as possible. There were few highs and lows she knew that everyone could be involved. At least for entertainers, they all experience it in the spotlight. Dawn says there are thousands in the catalog that can’t see the light of day for every hit she writes.
She used alcohol and cocaine to paralyze “thousands of no and not enough” pain. In three years, Dawn found the bottom you often hear. She went on to treatment after losing it all, and that was when reality sank. It was never about vices.
“When you get rid of drugs and alcohol, that’s what I used as a solution to the wounds and pain I was suffering from,” Dawn said.
Brian Sullivan is an advocate of recovery and states that the loss of Williams due to overdose is evidence that addiction is an ongoing battle on a daily basis.
“People don’t think they’re affected by these issues because they’re celebrities,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan calls addiction a “silent killer.” Because families are often put in the dark about the struggle of their loved ones. Sullivan often hears that overdose kills people, but he says there is still too much silence and shame.
“If it’s a drug war, we’re losing or we’re losing and we need to treat this as a health crisis,” Sullivan said.
After nearly 14 years of recovery, Dawn is now helping others find their way. She volunteers as a sponsor and explains to people some of the difficulties of taking the first step towards recovery.
“We deserve to feel what it feels like to be alive,” Dawn said.
This year, Dawn lost seven close friends due to overdose and hopes that this message will reach a sufficient number of people in time. To this day she calls it ill because the addiction almost took her. Instead of ashaming people before getting help, she says they should focus on getting the treatment they need.
Experts believe that overdose deaths in Metro Nashville have increased from a total of 360 in the second quarter to more than 390 so far in 2021.
If you or anyone you know can use the help of an addiction service, please contact Tennessee REDLINE at 1-800-889-9789. A 24/7 hotline connects to state-funded addiction treatment and recovery services.
Find out more about Tennessee Alcohol, Drugs, and Other Poisoning Services Associations. Web page.. Nonprofits list several services available for addiction and other mental health concerns.
SAMHSA or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Department provides some unique links. Web page.. One link in particular helps track treatment facilities within the zip code.
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