Listening to music the other evening, a Neil Young song came on the mix from Folk Alley. I was only half listening as I was studying for a certification exam today. As the song ended the words came through loud and clear:
Every junkie'sIt was from Neil Young and a song from 1972- The Needle and the Damage Done. It speaks to what will never come to life or be seen by others thanks to the destructiveness of heroin addiction.
Like a setting sun
As one who works in the addiction field these lines are as true as any can be. I have seen too many "junkies" die from the effects of their illness. Some are heroin overdoses; others are the slow and very painful death of alcohol liver disease; then there's lung cancer and heart attacks; or the death in life from "wet-brain."
All are horrible to watch or be impacted by as a family member or friend.
Hearing those words again in Young's plaintive vocals raised the pain of addiction to depths of pain and sadness.
Moments of silence are always appropriate
- for the addict who continues to suffer,
- for family members and friends who are as powerless as the addict,
- and for the losses our world sustains with each death.