THUNDER BAY – Issues with alcohol and drug addiction are reportedly one of the root causes of crime in Thunder Bay. Solving the issues of addiction are not as easy as it might sound. While some suggest locking up addicts as a solution, there are better ways. One way is having a better understanding the issue.
Thunderstone Pictures have produced some incredible videos. “The Life You Want: A Young Woman’s Struggle Though Addiction” is just one of them.
Here is what Thunderstone says about this video, “In a remote northern reserve caught in the grips of a prescription drug abuse epidemic, a young woman named Doris is determined to overcome her addiction Oxycontin. In recent years, a rash of arson, violence and drug-related crime has overwhelmed her community of Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope). Against all odds, Doris, a 22-year old a mother of three, must overcome the many systemic barriers that prevent people from accessing treatment in an attempt to save herself and her family. She courageously tells her story to call attention to the dire situation facing the families and communities in the remote north of Ontario, Canada”.
Doris says, “I want to get out of it. I’ve tried so many times on my own. So finally, I went out and asked for help, and I’m getting it, I hope”.
Think of it this way, no one starts out wanting to be an addict. Watching this video from Thunderstone, you see how this young lady, Doris never started out thinking it could happen to her.
The solution is treatment, and a community that cares.
Doris is now campaigning for a treatment centre in her community, and for a youth centre in Eabametoong First Nation.
There is hope!
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