Daniel Snyder, Vancouver British Columbia Canada, Langley discussed on The Addicted Mind Podcast
Is Daniel Snyder and he is going to talk about his own journey of recovery, but he's also going to talk about the opioid crisis and the overdose crisis, and also we're GonNa talk a little bit about a drug policy and particularly looking at like decriminalization and legalizations. I have a lot of questions about that Daniel you introduce yourself morning do I in. Yeah I'm Daniel Snyder storm coming out of just outside Vancouver British Columbia Canada, a project in pure coordinator with our action table here in Langley, that is responding to the ongoing overdose crisis. So in British Columbia redeclared a public health emergency just over four years ago in response to the rising and alarming number of fatal overdoses in the province really dramatic spike in my own journey through opioid addiction I was basically addicted to heroin. For fifteen years and realizing learning about this crisis that was ongoing. I realized I really had an opportunity to play some role in sharing my story in how I was impacted by addiction and and how perhaps our current approaches kearns social attitudes towards drug use is not helping a lot of people. So let's jump in and just talk about that. Well, let's start with your story and then how that manifests itself and then how. You want to change that view. It sounds like, yeah. So I don't fit into a typical narrative and when his narrative I I mainly framing addiction around the way it's presented at large to to us in society. So for a Lotta people who aren't directly impacted, their perception is formed they what they see in the media and. The media has a strong tendency of focusing on the most. Damaging and obvious of cases. So we're talking about. While the downtown Vancouver is the perfect example. It's it's essentially world famous for all the wrong reasons in terms of drug use open drug use homelessness, and in it was inevitable that if you look at a newspaper or watch a leading story on on this overdose crisis, you're gonNA see back alleys and injection drug use in the perception might be that that's precisely what addiction looks like and I I was never homeless. I was never out of work hours maintain to maintain employment, and if you'd walk asked me. During the years I was inactive addiction, you wouldn't have had one of those stereotypical thoughts about me that perhaps many of us are guilty of insensitive. Look there goes drug addict and I spent. Most of my years in working really really hard at trying to hide it, right keep it a secret not allow people to find out what was really going on with me and what was underneath that or what the reasons were for. That are props complex and nuanced and heart of my own story but also part of the larger story of our our society and our attitudes towards people who use substances. Right. I, think a lot of people their addiction is hidden. It's not seeing they need help they need. Support. But because of the stigma around addiction, they can't reach out I mean they don't WanNa reach out or it's it's more difficult to reach out because of the consequences of reaching out hundred percent addiction is one of those things that we reduce people to these one word labels. Constantly, we put Phil Addict Label on people maybe it's friends and family I mean we're not doing this with the intention of hurting them by has a bizarre side effect of reducing them to just a set of behaviors without really considering. What's going on underneath the surface? What's the reason that this person is struggling with addiction? We just want to focus in on the outward behaviors and The world we've been that I grew up in and that's been ongoing since even before I was born is this one in which we have for the most part said drugs are bad and we got an Iraqi drugs we gotta radical them completely free society and the DA in the drug war and we gotta stop people from using them and I think we've clearly missed the point year. It's pretty evident that that drug war has failed and what we really need to be looking to do is mitigate the harms caused by by substances nursery we're not going to get rid of them will always. Be Choosing use substances and so our our efforts should be focused on reducing the harm both to the user and to to the society around them. So tell me a little bit about your story and how you started to get clean or how you started to get help and how how do you WanNa change that and how would that be different? Yes. So in my early years of substance use, I didn't realize. I had a problem I think that's pretty typical for a lot of people you're having fun you're young. It's not really causing a lot of consequences yet perhaps wasn't affecting my relationships or anything, and then you know something happens I had a bit of a encounter with a roommate that turned violent in the police got involved in. That was kind of one of those moments that person has in which they realize. Hey, life's. Not Quite turning out the way anticipated all this drug use has been a lot of fun but it seems to be causing some problems as well and so I was kind of the beginning of a recovery journey that took a really long time and I think that that's a really important thing to recognize is that a recovery or coming to come into the awareness that? Hey, there's there's A. Problem here I WANNA make some changes to it is not something that we can just turn on a dime it's a there's a lot of up and downs I. Look at my life in retrospect or look at that journey kind of like a a really volatile stock ticker. If you're looking at a stock chart for some company that had a lot of ups and downs you'll see that My life would hit really great points. achieve. My goal was was subdued for period of time, maybe six months or a year that that happened multiple times during that journey, and then it would bottom out and I would lack really any insight into why that would happen. stock would drop. So to speak at you, step back from the picture and look at it from a more of a big picture perspective. You can see that there was a process of a trend over that period of time. So I'm talking about fifteen years where I can see that. The.