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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AnneMoss Rogers

AnneMoss Rogers is a mental health and suicide education expert, mental health speaker, suicide prevention trainer and consultant. She is author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW. She raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost her younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. She is a motivational speaker who empowers by educating and provides life saving strategies and emotionally healthy coping skills. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now that's the legacy she carries forward in her son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website.

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