Every life is worth saving

I would like to respond to the recent letter written by Sandra Nash.

You see, I am one of the “worthless” people she referred to and, paradoxically, one of the “do-gooders” for many, many years now.

I was once considered hopeless by most of those around me. But I did give up my addiction for God. He was the first hope and taste of grace, other than my family, that I had ever experienced. Since then, this “worthless” person has seen scores of other “worthless” addicts and alcoholics changed and turned back into successful businessmen, doctors, lawyers, counselors, nurses, mechanics, etc.

You see, we do recover, and in recovery, you are either part of the problem or part of the solution.

How sad, for the loved ones she “does not miss” that she chose the former. There are many who dedicate their lives to helping others get clean and sober. They are the true heroes. They have spent their lives reaching others who were once like me.

Personally, if all my efforts had saved only one life, I would not change one thing I have done or experienced. Touching just one life, allows that one life to touch others and those others to continue the cycle ad infinitum. Then that one life changes families, children, marriages, friendships and careers, which is the fabric of society as we know it.

I am grateful that I was not discarded as worthless.

Narcan is not the issue at all. Ms. Nash threw out the baby with bath water. What this is all about is the value of one human life.

Whether it’s an addict, a fetus, a prisoner, the sick, one who is mentally or physically challenged, a race, ethnicity, religious preference, or gender orientation, debates of their worth are as old as history itself.

However, no life is worthless, no person beyond redemption; that even includes the ignorant.

Tammy Lundgren


(The writer is a substance abuse counselor and person in longterm recovery.)