"Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science--not on faith, tradition, contrition or wishful thinking."
Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy By David Sheff
We can now only wish that we had understood the seriousness of addiction when our son and brother Dan first began struggling with an addiction to prescription pain killers. A beautiful young man with so much talent, intelligence, an enormous and strong compassion for others was slowly being undertaken by the grip of opiate addiction. What we now know is that Dan was only one in millions with a serious addiction that began so innocently after a visit to the doctor due to mild back pain.
Dan first entered treatment in July of 2010; only eight short months later, Dan was found dead from an accidental overdose of heroin. He had been introduced to the deadly drug only a few months prior. Dan, just like the millions of others struggling with this disease, had never and would have never categorized himself as a 'druggie', and most certainly couldn't have predicted he'd get anywhere near heroin at any point in his life. Our purpose now, for Dan and everybody struggling, is to spread the awareness of the dangers and reality of opiate addiction, and how quickly it can turn deadly if it is ignored. Addiction is a disease, not a choice.
The Dan Baker Foundation was inspired by Dan and created to provide strength to people, families and organizations helping those fighting addiction. Please join us in spreading awareness and hope to those struggling and in need.
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