Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The 3:00 AM Call

I don't want to live anymore.

I am getting physically abused.

I am about to pull the trigger.

I have HIV.

I have a drug problem.

What would be your first responses to those questions if a dear friend came to you? What would be your initial response to comfort a friend in need?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suicide? Just listen, more than likely they do want to live..persons with real intent of suicide just do it.

Abuse? Get them the hell out of that house and with someone that can provide a safe haven and a restraining order against that little boy asshole she's with.

About to pull the trigger? 9-1-1

HIV? Just support them and make sure they take their cocktail everyday..people are surviving much longer with HIV these days and may never develop into an AIDS case. Also, help them to build up the courage to make the call to those previous partners that may be a risk. Just be there.

Drug Problem? Hard one. If they are talking about it then want help. Just offer support and even go with them to meetings if allowed. Addiction requires consistent guidance and support throughout the stages recovery. I feel that as long as they have the strong desire to detox..then they should be afforded the opportunity and respect of doing it with dignity.



June 17, 2008 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Keelah said...

Wow! Loaded question. I would start by trying to eliminate the urge to die and then go from there. None of these things are so bad that time cant help you deal with. I wouldnt try to minimize it too much, but I would just try to be there as much as I could.

June 25, 2008 at 12:22 PM  

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