What a Hurricane Does to Addiction

Dear friends of PRC: We are all Houston right now. When disasters like Hurricane Harvey hit, we must come together as a commu

Sep 7
Dear friends of PRC:
We are all Houston right now.
When disasters like Hurricane Harvey hit, we must come together as a community and offer not only our thoughts and prayers, but our financial support and available resources to help those in need.
The Pasadena Recovery Center family is opening our doors for donations of clothes and hard materials that we’ll be shipping to Houston over the next few weeks.
Additionally, we’re asking all those that can to donate to the Red Cross to support the ongoing relief efforts.
Please join with us as we help Houston re-build.
In gratitude,
Mike Bloom, Owner
Pasadena Recovery Center

“Rain rain go away, come again another day.” Yes, we’re all familiar with the lighthearted little nursery rhyme, but the desire for it to vanish couldn’t apply anymore now than ever. With a catalyst of aggressive winds and precipitation forming together, Hurricane Harvey stormed the borders of Texas on August 25th bombarding billions of gallons of water and debris onto the unexpected southern state. The results were not pretty.

Roads flooded. Buildings destroyed. Families Displaced. Hurricane Harvey ended up creating a plethora of unforeseen scenarios that has put the south east quadrant of Texas into a state of emergency and recovery after enduring a few days of Mother Nature’s reckless behavior. Yet, with all the different walks of life mouth breathing out there, it’s hard to imagine everybody handling the hurricane in the same manner. While some were scrambling to find their next meal or clean water, others were looting and taking advantage of their select urban areas being “out of order.” Clearly, some had different needs- so now we cue the bell for dependency.

Those who were dealing with an active addiction were in a different state of panic while Hurricane Harvey drenched the masses. For many addicts and alcoholics who had a tolerance that requires daily- if not hourly maintenance, bread and water were the last things on their mind while they worried about their fix being available or not.

What about an Umbrella for Addiction?

Addition and alcoholic thinking are two things that are absolutely horrific to be a slave to during a natural disaster. Many addicts and alcoholics who are deep within their addiction will go to extreme lengths to obtain their chemical necessity- and that’s exactly what occurred but with watery obstacles that increased the danger by tenfold. For some that required that high, down power lines and fallen trees were something to giggle at while checking to see if their dealer was in stock.  

Areas like that of Houston went for days with some areas lacking power and access to certain supplies. Once the clouds began to part just a little, help flooded in on the back tides to support a little relief among civilian life. Of the things brought in to aid civilians besides food and water were bleach kits and clean syringes for those who were on short supply and left to wade the waters with their alcoholic thinking.

Like it or not, addiction is a disease that requires help in one form or another. Safety protocols are so much more practical than leaving junkies and alcoholics to their own devices during potentially life threatening situations. It’s been studied that in a number of catastrophic incidents like such, those locked in the throes of addiction will share drug paraphernalia and works with those that they ordinarily wouldn’t due to their more or less “tight circumstances.” This in effect just turns the danger knob up a few notches.

drug addict

Chemical Life Preservers Needed

Reading through all that’s transpired, it’s easy to imagine the scenario of an alcoholic or addict craving their fix while pacing the floor of their home. What about those who were long ago displaced by their addictions and lead astray to live a life of homelessness? It’s safe to say that Hurricane Harvey brought about a slew of problems for their already troubled methods. Addiction will take its victim and possess them to a point of mere basic survival. Food, shelter, and even oxygen will always come second after the need to get high.

Along with finding a safe place to camp out on the streets, procuring enough substances to get through unwelcomed precipitate would’ve been enough of a challenge in itself. Mind you most addicts and alcoholics find themselves homeless due to lack of funds, imagine being in that situation without any means of comfort what so ever. Not only that but now toss that burden onto 55,000+ properties destroyed and people potentially winding up in that scenario. Houston was only 1 of many areas to be dumped on including:

  • Conroe
  • Wharton
  • Port Arthur
  • Bridge City
  • Rock Port
  • Port Arkansas
  • Many more rural areas of Harris County

Those who we’re dealing with just their addiction before now, unfortunately, had much more to worry about.

Staying Above Water

With many intimidating factors brought to the table, it makes you wonder about all the possibilities- positive or negative. With the unexpected displacing many addicts and alcoholics, dealers, and providers of such misery were left to pick up the pieces as well. Without a normal means to find the preferred substance of choice, many addicts and alcoholics will, of course, go to any lengths to ease the withdrawing discomfort that follows. This can leave two paths open: either searching high and low for a new dealer or seeking help through a detox/medical establishment that will still be standing. Even through the thunderous ordeal, many treatment service facilities kept their doors open, or if they did indeed shut down it was only for a brief period out of the safety for pre-existing clients.  

Many addicts and alcoholics will go on to continue with their risky behavior or find a way to get around the complications so as long to not venture into the unknown. Why get help now through all this chaos when they could’ve done it before in calmer waters? Addiction will go on to make that seem like rational logic in the user’s head.  

Whatever the Weather

Patterns from previous hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy show us that times of crisis like such can be pivotal moments for some in addiction to make a change that benefits them in the long run- and others will go on to walk the plank into the stormy waters and embrace the ugliness of their addiction. Even with the ante for survival being increased, it’s all an impulsive game to find that next score still for some. There are certain things that can occur in life that rattle us down to our core and shake up our perception of things. With the devastation that ensued, it’s safe to say that many lives will be changed from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Get Help Today

Addiction is not a choice but a disease that ravages lives. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need a drug and alcohol treatment facility, please call1-866-663-3030 or visit www.pasadenarecoverycenter.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind. Contact us today and begin your journey to recovery.

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