Fayette County is a county that is located in the central portion of the state of Kentucky. Home to an estimated population of more than 323,000 people as of 2019 according to the United States Census Bureau, Fayette County is the second-most populous county in the state. But being this large can have certain drawbacks, particularly amid America’s drug epidemic. Form 2015 to 2017 there were 353 drug deaths according to a report published by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a number that shows exactly how many people did not the help that they needed when it comes to drug and alcohol rehabilitation and detox services. Every single death was a life that could have been saved if the person had gotten the right kind of help for their needs at that time. But unfortunately, not everyone makes it into treatment and it is important to examine why this occurs so that we can do a better job of preventing that same outcome in the future.
One of the biggest reasons why people do not get the help that they need is that they do not want it. This is particularly true in the early phases of addiction when the person is first starting to use drugs regularly. They have found something that solves some major problems in their life, whether it be physical pain, mental anguish, or some other unwanted condition. Drugs provide an escape from reality by altering perceptions, and this can provide pain relief or an escape from sadness, anxiety, or a host of other issues at first. But this is temporary and does nothing to actually solve why the person is feeling this way. So, the problem gets worse and it becomes obvious that this “solution” is not one at all, but a problem. But before this point is reached, the person is very fond of the drugs and will do almost anything to protect their addiction.
This is why the person who is addicted to drugs will hide and lie when needed. They will keep it a secret from anyone they view may try to stop them, which is always going to be the people that care about them the most. This is why family members are usually the last ones to know that the person is using drugs. But the way to help someone like this is not to ignore the signs. There are always signs of drug use along the way. When tragedy occurs, many people look back and beat themselves up about the signs that they missed and the suspicions they had, wondering why they didn’t act. Don’t let this be you. Confront the person, you have nothing to lose. If they become very upset, this should only confirm your suspicions. Do not believe the lies. But also, do not get angry or upset no matter what. They already know you don’t approve, otherwise, they would be honest with you. Stay calm and worry more about saving their life than setting an example or teaching them a lesson in this moment. They may just be surprised at how understanding you are being and tell you what is really going on with them. Then, you can help.