Tuesday, August 18, 2015
For his little brother...
I received the following letter from a reader and it moved me to a point where I knew I had to share this with my readers. If you read my blog, then you know the frustration of trying to help someone when all help seems futile. Please take the time to listen to the song and follow along with the lyrics included below. -- Linda
My younger brother has struggled with an addiction to heroin for about 6 years. It has ruined his character, destroyed his self-control, and robbed him of all of his money and possessions. Our whole family has tried to help him recover through several different rehabilitation services, but every attempt to save him from his addiction seemed to fail.
At one point, he begged for money living on the streets as we let him try to find his “Rock bottom,” but we realized this wasn’t going to heal him or improve his situation. We eventually tracked him down and we haven’t given up hope that he will change.
I know in your line of work, you are familiar with hundreds of stories similar to ours, and I know there are countless people who struggle to overcome addiction. I have learned that it is a far-reaching issue that devastates individuals and their families.
I wrote a song about my brother’s experience, and recently made a music video depicting some of his struggles. We are finding that this song and music video are educating, inspiring and empowering not only for addicts and former addicts, but also family members, and others who have never even had to experience watching a loved one being addicted.
That is why we want to share it with people like you. Please feel free to publish, share or forward to anyone you think might benefit from this song: https://youtu.be/j6TYySh5KfY
Thanks for all you do,
I was very impressed when I heard this song and knew that I must share it with my readers.
Here are the lyrics so you can sing alone:
The muffled sound of old regrets
Burning out like cigarettes
Halfway gone and half to go
Fill the air with darkened haze
And all my empty yesterdays
Have brought me down a deeper low
And I can hardly breath it in
What if there’s no end at all?
How much further can I fall?
Getting higher as my life’s descending
Something’s taken over me
I’m not the man I used to be
And I can’t take it if it’s neverending
I know it’s hard to understand
You’ve only breathed it second-hand
But never walked inside these shoes
You hope someday I turn around
When I’ve crashed against the ground
And I have nothing left to lose
Trace the marks across my skin
Laying draped around my frame
They tell the story of my sin
But you turn your back and wash your hands of all my shame
at 10:16 AM