Well, that was fast. Just yesterday we were getting ready for the holidays and now another year is upon us. It’s not as if it snuck up on me; I knew it was coming. I do own a calendar. Life just flies when you’re having fun.
I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season and may you all have a prosperous 2018 filled with happiness, opportunity, and kept New Year’s resolutions.
As the person mostly in charge of choosing the subjects we cover in HER, people often ask me how we choose our subjects. Of course we heavily consider what we think you, the readers, want to see, but the answer is pretty straightforward: we choose women we admire and subjects that make an impact.
The theme of this issue of HER is new beginnings. A recurring subject in this issue is substance abuse and addiction, and the reality is that this subject has touched most of us, whether personally or through friends or family. This subject is near and dear to my heart, as it’s touched my life, too. The men and women you will meet in this issue are either survivors of addiction or have joined the fight against it through their professions and volunteerism, or both, and I admire each and every one of them.
This isn’t a comfortable subject. It’s not something people like to talk about, but I think it’s something that warrants way more attention that it’s receiving. Because, behind every addict is a person who would give anything to be freed from the chains of addiction. Sadly, most don’t have the resources or education to do so.
After talking to these individuals this month, and through my own observations and experiences, I can tell you one thing I have learned to be absolutely true: The stigma attached to addiction is, and always has been, wrong. Addiction doesn’t just affect “bad people.” There is no discrimination; it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, black or white, famous or unknown, man or woman. It doesn’t matter what age you are, what kind of family you were raised in, whether you attend church on Sundays or what your bank account looks like. Addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer.
On the front cover is Lindsay Mulkey, the new substance use prevention specialist at CHI St. Vincent who aims to educate Garland and surrounding counties on the dangers and realities of all types of substance abuse, including nicotine, alcohol, and illegal and prescription drugs. Lindsay is focused on getting to the root of the problem and preventing this problem from spreading further.
At the beginning of every year, I briefly think about what my New Year’s resolutions should be before promptly eradicating the thought from my mind completely. It’s not entirely because I think New Year’s resolutions are pointless; it’s just that I don’t have the best record at keeping them. “More exercise,” I’ll say, or, “Less Dr Pepper,” before remembering that I can’t live without Dr Pepper and giving up all together. Also, I think we should strive for growth and improvement throughout the entire year, not just at the beginning of it.
Happy New Year to all of you from all of us here at HER Magazine.