Opioid Addiction In Poetry
October 26, 2017
Over the past two decades, an addiction epidemic has had a crippling effect on the United States. Large cities and small towns alike are in a scourge of opioid addiction, both prescription painkillers and heroin have stolen hundreds of thousands of lives. Naturally, it’s hard not to be affected by what we are witnessing in real time. The opioid crisis has forced the general public to ask specific questions to better understand how we got to this point. Queries like: What does it mean to be an addict? What does addiction look like? How does it choose its victims? Why me?
Whenever dealing with questions of existence, life or death, it’s hard not to wax philosophical. Mysteries of the soul are perplexing, fascinating, and enlightening. Asking such questions can be carried out using some different methods, including artistic mediums. In the process, an otherwise inhuman condition is given a face, something we can all stare in the eye. The act of doing so forces us all to demand efforts to encourage addiction recovery.
An Ode to Addiction
People don’t often associate addiction with poetry, yet many famous poets have struggled with the disease for years. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a poet as, a person possessing special powers of imagination or expression. Many poets have used their ability to see the world in a different light to illuminate ideas in the lives of others.
If you have been keeping yourself apprised of updates on the opioid epidemic, then you know that the Appalachian region has been devastated by opioid misuse. Overdose death rates are extraordinarily high, forcing everyone to bear witness. The death toll prompted a poet from Morgantown, West Virginia, to use his powers of imagination to tell the story of the opioid addiction epidemic, PBS NEWSHOUR reports. Poet William Brewer spoke to PBS for their special segment called, Addicted America. He discusses a collection of poems published recently on the subject. Brewer’s inspiration:
“It got to the point where it was a matter in my daily life every day, not with me. I have not suffered from opioid or opioid addiction… But I was seeing the ways that it was impacting both the individual suffering and those that care for that individual. And when that’s going on, it’s quite difficult to really think about anything else.”
For more on William Brewer’s I Know Your Kind, click here. Please take a moment to watch the interview:
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Are you or a loved one struggling with opioid addiction? Please contact Christian Drug Rehab; we can help you break the cycle of addiction and guide you back into the sunlight of the spirit.