A story told too many times, a young person dies of a heroin overdose. In this case, Seth Carnicle’s family decided to use his death to help others who are struggling with addiction.
Jeff and Prudence Johnston started a Go Fund Me Page in Seth’s memory. They raised $6000 and presented the donations at ASAC’s December Board of Directors meeting. Jeff told Seth’s story to our Board. It was a stark reminder to them that addiction is a chronic medical condition that is difficult to overcome.
Recently Jeff participated in a television news story regarding ASAC’s media campaign to get people to seek help. That addiction can happen to anyone. It is a disease that does not discriminate, that it hooks people and holds them captive like hostages. There is no cure for addiction. Treatment is about educating yourself and learning about the tools and the skills to manage it. Below is from the January 5, 2017 television interview:
“It started at a certain age that we could see it coming and like every parent out there dealing with this stuff, we had the sit down meetings,” Johnston said, “I call them the Dr. Phil sessions.”
Before that, he had no shortage of support from his family. He had even gotten treatment at the Area Substance Abuse Council or ASAC, but the addiction took over his life.
“The helpless feeling when you’re trying to help someone who doesn’t want to be helped, that’s probably the most frustrating for us.”
“If we could communicate more before these things happen and have those relationships out there or the contacts out there before you have to tell a story like I have to tell, maybe we can save a person,” Johnston said.
The funds raised in Seth’s memory will be used to renovate ASAC’s Recovery Center’s treatment room to help others in their road to recovery. We are in the process of making the plans. Stay tuned – we will show you before and after pictures in the months to come.
We thank Jeff for his personal commitment to tell his family’s story and for his and Prudence’s generous donation to help others.