* I guess I am surprised that people are still finding this website. If you have trouble finding it in the future, google "Ms. Ahearn Weebly". I have a lot to say about Substance Use Disorder and hope to spend this next segment of my life learning more.
I watched a video with my students about Mt. Everest. As a scientist in Nepal walked through a village to reach a seismic monitor on a mountain peak, he said, "Namaste" to the people he passed. I looked up namaste on Google and found a lot of meanings. The one I liked the most was: The goodness in me, greets the goodness in you.
Sometimes it is hard to see the goodness in everyone - especially if they lie to you, steal from you, or in general let you down. Sometimes when people have substance use disorder, they seem like they have no respect or regard for the people who love them the most. It can be difficult to keep in mind that they are suffering from a disease which controls their decision-making process. That does not mean that they don't love the people they are hurting. They are being controlled by something so strong and powerful that scientists have not yet figured out a perfect antidote to return control of the decision-making process to the person suffering.
The next time you see someone who might be suffering from substance use disorder, think of your own goodness greeting the goodness within that person as you whisper, "Namaste."
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