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Helping the community better understand drug addictions

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Doctor Lander says those struggling with drug abuse can be treated but the resources are just not always available. Doctor Lander says those struggling with drug abuse can be treated but the resources are just not always available.
People come to this workshop hoping to get a better understanding of why addicts just simply can't stop. People come to this workshop hoping to get a better understanding of why addicts just simply can't stop.

A lot of times people don't understand what an addiction is and why stopping is just not that easy.

"You would never go up to a schizophrenic and say just stop hallucinating, cut that out. We go up to drug addicts all the time and say just stop using," says Dr. Brad Lander, workshop speaker. 

Lander says it's things like that which make addicts scared to get help they need and today he spoke to members of the community about what a drug addiction is and how it affects the brain.

"We have a tendency to believe these people are acting badly and that they can control their behaviors and they're choosing to do what they're doing and that may be true at the very very beginning but after a while they have lost this ability to choose and they do things that they know are wrong and that they don't even want to do themselves over and over but we keep trying to hold him to some kind of standard of you know well they should just stop," says Lander.

People come to this workshop hoping to get a better understanding of why addicts just simply can't stop.

"What he said is that the behavior and the breakdown of the brain has really helped me understand why my dad couldn't stop drinking and why you know people who do drugs can't stop because you just can't stop," says Becky Hartman, family member of addict.

"Understanding education as a parent as someone who cares that is needed in order to be able to just live in it," says Bobbie Nevarez, family member of addict.

Doctor Lander says those struggling with drug abuse can be treated but the resources are just not always available.

"We actually know how to treat this we really do but they're really not often times the resources to do it because treatment for addiction is a very long process," says Lander.

"I would really like to see Lima healthier than what it is," says Hartman.

All of the proceeds from the event will be used to removed barriers for anyone struggling with opiate addiction.

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