Sarah Rayer- Kim Has The Opportunity To Change

After her first post where she detailed how she knows Kim Richards is sick due to the fact that she was an addict, Sarah Rayer decided to share more with us. Here it is:

Thank you to everyone for reading my post and the supportive response. Many of them said I was brave. For admitting that I am in recovery? For admitting this affected my entire family and took my parents from me?

I think that this is the place where the dialogue needs to start. Why is addiction still this very taboo subject? Why are we “brave” to tell the the word of our illness, and if you believe the disease concept, I am no different than an diabetic. I have an allergy.

I would like to say I wrote it for altruistic reasons, that I want to help others, but most of all I am so pissed at the destruction this disease has and how it destroys families. 

It broke my heart to see Kyle Richards sobbing on the couch as her sister is screaming at her. This group of women has been trying to make sense of insanity and trying to rationalize a very sick woman. You can’t reason with that. I am sure that the reason Lisa Rinna behaved that way is because she had to interact with someone as sick as Kim Richards. How can it not drive you to extreme behavior?

There is something about the “sister” bond. My father would say no one fights more, or loves more than sisters. I love Jenna more than anything but I have also taken advantage of her. Growing up in the insanity of an alcoholic home you don’t know how to behave.

Seeing Kyle made me realize the profound affect the addict has on the family. Kim is no where near owning that, but my heart breaks for her kids.

Brandi Glanville says she cares about Kim. When you care about a person you don’t enable them, or drink in front of them, or validate their fucked up feeling. Brandi is an equally sick and toxic. 

The one thing I love about what I do, is that today we can all make a difference and make our voice heard. Kim (and Kyle) have an opportunity to change the world for the better. Kim with her story, voice and influence can help so many people suffering from this addiction.

There is no shame in being sick, but when you are hurting the others around you and holding them emotionally hostage, they must walk away.

I hope we can switch this up and have people start sharing their stories, sharing organizations and people that fight this on a daily basis, as Bobby Coffey said:

Sarah, thanks for lending your face and your voice to this issue. The fact is, there are over 23 million people in America leading lives of recovery. I pray that the subject of your blog finds her path. Eliminating stigma is essential. Thanks again for standing up, standing out and speaking up.

Let’s start talking about the heroes fighting this daily.

Organizations that you can support….I hope you will add yours to the list.

The Harm Reduction Coalition

http://harmreduction.org/issues/overdose-prevention/

Providing overdose prevention, recognition, and response education to drug users and their neighbors, friends, families, and the service providers who work with them is a harm reduction intervention that saves lives. Heroin and other opioid overdoses are particularly amenable to intervention as risk factors are well-understood and there is a safe antidote – naloxone.

I hope you will list some of yours.