The tedium of a normal day wasn’t enough to fill Charles up

A regular day was too normal. It was not enough fuel to energize his existence and it’s why he was always seeking sensational experiences such as new drugs to fill that

It had been the go-to antidote for creating and prolonging excitement and once he became addicted to heroin, there was nothing to buffer the after. Even that had become tedious.

It didn’t start there, of course. It never does. When he first started with alcohol and marijuana, I could see that he wouldn’t be able to stop and I did my level best. But eventually, he met heroin, it made him feel like a king and no amount of love could prevent that trajectory.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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