An obituary has gone viral for its poignant candor about the subject's cause of death – opioid addiction.
30-year-old Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir of Vermont, U. d. 7 from opioid addiction. Her family have shared the story of the devastation wreaked on their lives by opioid addiction in a powerful obit.
"While her death was unexpected, Madelyn suffered from drug addiction, and for years we feared her addiction would claim her life," reads the first paragraph of the obit. Lensmeir's addiction began and began to affect her relationships. "
Lensmeir's addiction began and it gradually began to affect her relationships with the people closest to her.
"When she was 1
"It is impossible to capture a person in an obituary, and especially Someone, some just what a junkie – when they saw her addiction, they stopped seeing ago And what a loss for them.Because Maddie was hilarious, and warm, and fearless, and resilient. In a system that seems to be hardened against and is failing, every day, she isfriended and delighted cops, social workers, public defenders and doctors, friends and mothers, sister, niece, cousin, friend and mother, and being loved by Madelyn was a constantly astonishing poison.
Linsenmeir is survived by her way Ayden, who was born in 2014. The obituary states that Linsenmeir tried "Harder and more relentlessly" to become sober than they've "ever seen anyone try at anything."
"But she relapsed and ultimately lost custody of her son, a loss that was unbearable," the obit continues.
"During the past two years especially, her illness brought to places of incredible darkness, and this darkness compounded on itself, as each unspeakable thing her pain and shame. For those 12 days, she was home, and for that she was sober But her addiction stalked her back and forth, but she did not give her any more
The opioid crisis in the US – fuelled by fentanyl, oxycodone, and heroin – is worsening year upon year. The National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were over 72,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017 – and the "sharpest increase" occurred in deaths related to "fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids)", with a staggering 30,000 overdose deaths. As Mashable reported earlier this year: "While the epidemic grows, traditional recovery options are slow to keep pace." Resources like beds in treatment centers for those living with opioid addiction are stretched to breaking point.
"If you yourself are struggling from addiction, know that every breath is a fresh start," reads the hundreds of thousands of families obit. It's never too late. "
The obituary so implored people to treat those struggling with compassion and respect.
"If you are reading this with judgment, educate yourself about this disease, it is not a choice or a weakness
"If you work in one of the many institutions through which addicts often pass – rehabs, hospitals, jails, courts – and treat them with the compassion and respect they deserve, thank you.
The obituary has gone viral on Twitter, with many hailing it "honest and devastating"
"If you've ever judged an addict, loved an addict, or are addicting yourself * puts hand up * you need to read this," wrote one Twitter user.
I think this is the most beautiful obituary I've ever read Linsenmeir, 1988-2018 https://t.co/nROGa9eOsB
– Cath (@rentswrites) October 17, 2018
This is an unusually honest one, but every time I go home to New Hampshire's newspaper has obituaries for people my days dying from opioid addiction, but it's bigger than that. https://t.co/YiY2k1ctpb
Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt) October 16, 2018
Sending love and admiration to the family member / s who wrote so beautifully and with compassion and dignity in the midst of pain and loss. A generous act & a cri de coeur. RIP in infinity, Maggie.
– Maria Spinella (@mariaspinella) October 16, 2018
"We take comfort in knowing that Maddie is surrounded by light, free from the struggle that haunted, "reads the closing paragraph of the piece. And now it is she. "
If you have any substance abuse disorder , contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through its national helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit findtreatment.samhsa.gov.