Community members discussed steps toward fighting substance abuse during a Whatever It Takes forum.
The forum took place at Shades Crest Baptist Church on Monday, Sept. 28 as a way to work toward a plan against drug addiction.
Sandor Cheka, executive director of the Addiction Prevention Coalition, started the conversation by discussing some of addiction’s underlying causes. One issue behind addiction, Cheka said, is the “conspiracy of silence.” This problem stems from a desire to hide the bad in life and to avoid conversations about addiction.
“It doesn’t matter who we are or what we do, we don’t like to share our problems,” Cheka said. “We like to put on this façade of ‘everything’s perfect.’”
Avoiding these important conversations because of guilt and shame can lead to more damage and continued addiction, Cheka said. Parents also face these feelings and sometimes won’t reach out for help or ask about resources for their children.
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