Addicts are looked down on as the lowest of the low, which makes it difficult for them to access support. What emerged from the programme , and it is something I have known for some time , is that addiction is a family disease that is generational and is often related to trauma. Rather than scorn, they need support; the type of unconditional support that would be offered to someone who could not fully parent their child due to physical illness.
I could relate to much of their experiences, yet I am not a substance addict. I really feel just as many of us walk a narrow line of not being homeless, there is a similar wobbly tightrope if you have been subject of abuse or have more than a handful of ACES yourself for ending up with addiction or mental health problems. It could have easily been me or maybe you.
The programme is available