Giving Up

 ‘stuck in a moment and you can’t get out of it’- U2

Bono wrote that song for friend Micheal Hutchence, former lyricist and singer for INXS, who was tragically found dead of suicide in his motel in 1997. A guy who seemingly had it all….models, career, talent, money, and bravado. Yet, he took his own life after struggling with depression, drugs, and alcohol. For many of us, the struggle is real, but so is the surrender. We may never know how our lives can influence and touch others. Bill W. wrote that there are those who choose the supreme sacrifice rather than to fight. Life is for the living, but the shock and devastation of losing people to the insanity of addiction, mental illness, and suicide is heartbreaking. Unfortunately, some do get stuck and cannot or will not see this way of life. So, what does this have to do with recovery?….everything in my being. I understand better the fragility and frailty of my existence having experienced the challenge of raising my children who lost their mother to suicide. It can be devastating to the survivors…… just a few days ago, A startup founder jumped to her death from a rooftop bar in Manhattan. I’m sure her family and friends are asking that universal question, “why?” All in all, suicide affects about 5 million Americans every year directly or indirectly. Many, like myself, have dual diagnoses having self medicated most of my life to cover the painful tracks of depression. Thankfully, I sought medical help and received treatment. Many, however, do not get help because of the social stigma attached to mental illness and addiction, or they do not have the resources. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide….reach out, tell someone, and get the help we all deserve…..think hope!…..b

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