Honestly, for this gruesome scene, the questions that came to my mind were more like this. If a vampire and zombie bite each other at the same time who becomes what? Or do they switch roles? Or is a hybrid created?
No. What is really happening is a drug addiction that turned into a gruesome event.
There will now be an onslaught of politicians shouting to make bath salts illegal, but that does not solve the problem.
Governments get attacked for the harms of “legal highs”, and but once they make them illegal, politicians are no longer held responsible. Then, the “victims” of legal highs become outlaws for whom government cannot be held responsible.
Stories of psychotic reactions to illegal drugs, like cocaine and amphetamines, are no longer newsworthy, but they happen. Bans are often a neat trick for placating voters, but have nothing to do with making society safer and happier.
What we need is to bring these problems into the light before they lead to future zombie attacks. In all seriousness, we want to have a real dialog about the reality. Drug laws are political.
Our first video comes from Ben who had a near death experience after heart troubles induced by bath salts.
“Bathsalts are very dangerous they should be used with extreme care or not at all. I’ve took adderal and extreme amounts of caffeine and have never felt anything close to that. Be very careful if you have to use this stuff.I personally will never use this again and I advise you not to. Especially if you have a heart condition. I’m guessing the only reason I survived is because I am still young and my body can recover itself.”
If you or a friend has tried bath salts, and knows what it’s like, please post a video about your experience.
Everyday, people start on the path of addiction without even realizing. It starts with a single drink, or the puff of a joint. It may seem harmless enough at first, and for many it is. For some, however, it is the start of a lifelong battle with drug addiction.
For many, alcohol or marijuana is the first substance they experiment with. It is easy to rationalize use, especially when so many of ones’ peers are using with no foreseeable harm. The next day, the addict will simply awake and life goes on as usual. At that moment they don’t feel like an addict because things haven’t gotten out of control and it hasn’t become habitual, but the seed of addiction has been planted.
People all too often don’t realize that they are becoming addicted until the damage is done. In hindsight, it is easy for people to recognize when the problem began, but at the start, it is difficult to see what problems lay ahead.
The following video is of Jacob a recovering drug addict and member of the Treatment Is Hope community. In his testimonial video he explains where his addiction began and how he has coped with it. After suffering from addiction heroin for several years, Jacob decided to make a commitment to change. It started with taking that first step – seeking treatment. Now being sober he’s healthier, happier and ready to truly live his life.
As an organization with a powerful message to spread, that addicts and their loved ones truly should embrace hope and seek out treatment, we are working to build a community, inspire hope, save families, and even lives.
This all begins with the realization that addiction is a disease. We all know that diseases can be prevented, treated, and cured. The result of treatment for an addict is a better quality of life, and an understanding of what that life is truly worth to you and those around you. In our experience working with a wide array of treatment centers, counseling organizations, rehabilitation, and detoxification facilities, this is not common understanding. It is our goal to ignite this conversation among those who have loved ones suffering from addiction.
Our loved ones don’t need to suffer, or wonder whether rehab will even work for them. They need treatment, and hope that they will be able to work through their addiction to be there for those who love them enough to share this hope.
Together we will spread the message that addiction is a disease, and Treatment Is Hope. Words can be powerful. Communities can provide support. It is up to everyone who has ever know someone suffering from addiction to deliver hope!