Every aspect of the addict’s world fraught with peril

There is the danger of the drug itself – both the real thing and dangerous variations on it. There is the process of acquisition, whether the stress of affording the habit or, worst, the danger of crime to pay for it. There are shady characters. There is law enforcement and potential punishment. There is, of course, the cost of getting caught and being confronted by friends, family, employees. There is the stigma, that once applied to you, has the tendency to stick.

Every aspect of the opioid addict’s life is filled with fear-prompting and life-threatening danger, of stress, of the potential for his entire life – such as it is – to come crashing down around him. It’s that way every single day, to hear those living “the life” describe it. Even when scoring the drug, there is only a brief respite before worrying about having to score it again.

Such is the life as described in Minot Daily News writer Kim Fundingsland’s Sept. 9 cover story in the paper, taking a look inside a recovering addict’s life. Those who haven’t yet read the story are encouraged to.

For some two years, MDN has been seeking a recovering addict that seemed to be on a solid road to recovery to share his story of falling into abuse and then pulling himself out of it. Our subject for Kim’s story, “Bobby” finally fit the bill, giving us an unflinching look at his challenges. In fact, so unflinching was the series of discussions that MDN opted to leave entire aspects of the story out for the sake of some discretion and to protect the source.

If there is an overriding important point from the story it is that opioid addicts can look like anyone. “Bobby” is not alone in Minot. He says there are lots of Minot residents who are addicted to heroin. He has seen them. Some addicts wear blue jeans. Others suits and ties.

“It’s like every family has one now, on the opiates. It’s not just some kid wanting to go out and party. They come from every type of family,” explained “Bobby.”

Whatever they come from, they enter a world of horrors.

MDN urges readers to take a brief foray into “Bobby’s” world as a cautionary tale. It’s the stuff of nightmares – of a nightmare that is shared by too many of our neighbors.

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