CARVER – He and his family struggle with the pain of addiction after the loss of his son Eric to an overdose two years ago.
The Third Annual Overdose Vigil by Candlelight sponsored by Carver Cares last week was a powerful evening with personal stories of loss and recovery and the ongoing struggle to get sober.
Joe M., wearing a T-shirt with a photograph of Eric as he spoke, told his son’s story and of the Carver family’s ups and downs with him. He talked about all the time they thought Eric was doing better, only to learn he had overdosed again.
“The drugs will destroy you,” he said. “They will rip apart your family’s life.”
Haley K.’s story is one of hope. She’s in recovery and works as a recovery coach for Plymouth County Outreach.
“Six years ago, I was an empty shell of a human being,” she said, detailing how she always felt she was going to fail and the hard work it has taken to be able to work with other addicts.
September is National Recovery Month, Superintendent Scott Knief said, and through the sharing of resources, they want people to know they have their support on the path to recovery.
“Never forget,” he said. “Together, we are stronger.”
Morgan Campbell of the Caring Crusaders, a student group that plans events and initiatives around substance use and addiction, talked about the desire students have to show their support and their commitment to doing what they can to help make a difference.
Through Plymouth County Outreach, Police Chief Marc Duphily and other area police chiefs reach out to Carver residents within 12 to 24 hours of an overdose to offer help in conjunction with a recovery coach. He said the police also now carry Narcan to give to the families of overdose survivors.
The video showing the faces and names of 352 lives lost to overdose in southeastern Massachusetts at the end of the vigil, as everyone held their tea lights, left a silence.
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