Sunday, January 06, 2008

Ruzicka will be glad her son's overdose was reported

Gayle Ruzicka may have asked the Trib not to report that her son died of a drug overdose last year, but in the long run, she will be glad they did. Yes, some readers will use the information to attack her, as commenters on the Trib story have done. But some day, someone will walk up to Gayle Ruzicka and tell her that the story was a wake up call. Parents who previously assumed that heroin users came from "other" kinds of families may pay more attention to what is happening in their own Happy Valley homes.

19 comments:

Curmudgeon said...

You are right. This Yellow Dog Democrat holds no brief for Ms. R and her Eagle Forum right-wing zealots, but I cannot imagine any decent person using a child's death by overdose as means of political attack.

Let me add as well that I suspect over time Ms. R. will come to appreciate the reporting for she no longer has to hide, conceal, cover up what happened. I have had a child involved with drugs for some years, still alive so far thank God, and for a time I took part in a local Tough Love group. The greatest gift I took from them was they convinced me to stop covering up, making excuses, hiding what was going on from neighbors, colleagues, family etc. Once I stopped trying to conceal what was happening, a great weight was lifted from my shoulders. I expect... I sincerely hope... Ms. R. will feel the same over time.

As for the rest, from the left, right or center, when someone's child is into drugs, what they need, and should expect from all, politics pushed way aside, is sympathy and support. It's hell.

The Senate Site said...

Good perspective. Thanks VoU.

brownbag said...

It's so sad that the local Population have to hide things so deep. Gayle says their home was the Rehab center. Unless she's got some professional drug rehab skills and degrees she's never shared with the World, home is never a rehab center. It's a support center. Not sending an addict to a rehab center is usually a death sentence. It's often one anyway, but you really up the odds when you ignore rehab and think love at home will take care of the problem.

Nobody wishes this on anyone, or takes delight in the irony. However, trying to solve problems like this without professionals pretty much is a guarantee it won't work.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, for the most part, not beating up a mother, who's dead son loved her dearly by the way, for her political and religious beliefs. Those that feel she deserved this, or what goes around comes around, I feel have no heart. There are A LOT of things that have been reported that are not true, the article in the Tribune had so many facts wrong. Joshua had been in rehab centers, counseling, classes and tough love was applied, there was no denial. His home was his haven and could always return for love and acceptance. His friends also came to his house when they had no place else to go and were welcomed with open arms. They sought out the peace that they found in the Ruzicka home.

Remember there are 12 children and they all chose their own paths. Again as all of the children were growing up the Ruzicka house was a place for all to come who had been kicked out of their own homes for their lifestyle choices or needed a place to be loved.

AS far as her request to keep the newspapers out of it. That was done purely for her family. And after the Tribune article, you can understand why. Everyone knew the cause of Joshua's death, it was not being hidden or concealed. She also wanted people to remember the positive and wonderful side of Joshua who had been clean for quite awhile before his horrible death. A life that was taken to early and a spirit that brought so much to so many. As for your hope that this will bring an understanding on her part. She had that long before. Josh had other friends who had overdosed and their families were shown compassion and often time she was a lifeline for them.

Please trust me that all of us that had the pleasure of having Joshua in our lives understand the agony and pain other families with addicts or those that have lost someone to drugs feel for them. There are those friends that are still addicted after losing so many to drugs that break our hearts and we would do anything to help them and their families, especially Josh's mom who has opened her heart to them and has always shown them kindness.

So thank you, thank you for being among the few that can separate personal loss from politics. There are many tears shed because of hit pieces and comments on articles and blogs, and the mother who has lost her beautiful son comforts all of those around her and is strong for them, reading hurtful things like she is to blame, has to hurt her, but she is too worried about protecting those around her.
You don't know me and I do not know any of you, I also do not live in Utah and after a year of being battered over this tragedy I have never commented, but all of you deserve a thank you. So again, thank you from someone who loved Josh with their entire heart, who also has small children that hurt for him everyday.

My hope for those of you that are going through the horrible addiction cycle with someone you love and your heart aches everyday, the strength, courage and peace to make it through will be there for you and maybe Josh's story may help.

Anonymous said...

P.S. I am sorry for the typos in my comment, I posted instead of previewing so that I could catch them. Forgive me. I see them all.

Voice of Utah said...

Thank you for your insightful comment. I do want to clear one thing up; we didn't meant to suggest that Gayle Ruzicka was blind to the situation with her son; we were just concerned that others might not realize that this tragedy can occur in any family, no matter how loving, and no matter the family's background.

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