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There's Help But Only If You Want It

by Bobby Blair
July 9, 2017

It was sometime Wednesday, I actually didn't write it down. In fact during the summer I don't catch much of the goings on from the local police scanner. but the words ETOH caught my attention. That's medical code for extremely trashed or hammered. The Holliston ambulance did its part by taking the Winter Street older male to a local hospital. And so it goes.

 

I had no sooner crawled into bed on Wednesday night and the police were summonsed to a Braggville residence for a 30 something male who had passed out. Two cans of narcan and ongoing CPR was the little I could detect from the unreadable transmission. I was in awe of how quickly the police arrived at the residence and prayed that the man survived. This man's life now rested upon several Holliston Police Officers, the EMT's who arrived shortly afterwards and the doctors and nurses at Milford Regional Hospital. I couldn't help but wonder how our country has become so addicted. Those with addictions rarely seek help themselves. The addiction itself is usually the culprit in telling its victim that you're really not that bad off  --- just look at Joe over there and when you get that bad you'll know something's really wrong and seek help. Often times those addicted have already crossed over that imaginery "you've got a real problem line" before it's too late. And just before I finished this article on Friday at 6:09 pm, police and the ambulance were called to Table Top Pizza for a male who had passed out. Apparently the mixure of pepperoni pizza and alcohol just don't mix well.

It's tough to watch someone go through the journey of addiction. Loved ones, relatives, friends and co-workers can often suggest that those in need get help, but until the person with a problem decides it's time to help themselves, you're usually banging your head against a wall. There is professional help out there.

Alcoholics Anonymous: http://www.aaboston.org/      9 meetings each week in Holliston)

Narcotics Anonymous:  http://www.nerna.org/

Holliston Youth and Family Services: http://www.townofholliston.us/youth.htm

Genesis Counseling Services, Framingham: http://www.treatmentcentersdirectory.com/Massachusetts/Framingham/genesis-counseling-services-inc-15434

Suicide & Crisis Hotline:http://suicidehotlines.com/massachusetts.html

HDAAC (Holliston Drug and Alcohol Awareness Coalition) Parent Support Group, meeting the 3rd Tuesday every month Starting November 15th at Christ the King Lutheran Church 7:30 pm, 600 Central St. https://www.facebook.com/HDAACORG/

God: As close as your knees are to the ground

For those who just need a friendly ear, you can call me at 508-429-6763.

 

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God bless you Bobby for all you do. Your care for others is so beautiful. May your words bring hope and help to those who need it.

- Cathy Stenquist | 7/9/17 12:25 PM

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