Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Needle And The Damage Done

Jewel was on Howard Stern's Show (on Sirius) this week and she sang the following song, The Needle And The Damage Done (Neil Young). It was pretty haunting, sad and I've had it stuck in my head ever since.

So I take a moment to think about all of the people who have loved, and lost anybody they loved to a horrible addiction or disease.

No matter when, why or how, it hurts just the same, and leaves a hole in our hearts forever. Even though we know that they're safe, loved and still living on in our hearts and right by our side, watching and hearing every word, and every tear, we miss them terribly.

Here's to needed hope for the ones not yet too far gone.

Sending out healing, love and strength to everyone... Love, Aunt Jackie


Furtheron said...

A truely haunting version...

no doubt you'll know with my background I've known many follow that route... of those I was in rehab with about only half are surviving 6 years later, says it all really.

One of the reasons I'm open about my problems is that I hope by showing you can come out of it that there is a life beyond addiction.

furiousBall said...

I like it better when Jewel is quiet

Fortune Cookies said...

that is my favorite Neil Young song. ever. I think you know my background with addiction and recovery, and much like Furtheron commented, more than half of the people I was in rehab with the first go-round are dead now. Almost half of them from the second and third times have since passed on. Only about a third of us are still clean. The rest are still out there, doing the same things that landed them in rehab, or they are in prison. They don't consider me "clean" because I still have a glass of wine here and there, but I havent stuck a needle in my arm in 8 years now and personally, I think that is definitely something to celebrate. Thanks for sharing this!

Anonymous said...

Can't stand her voice!

Bizarro Aunt Jackie said...

Yes I know that her voice is kind of odd, and I'm not honestly a "Huge Jewel Fan" myself, I just happened to be moved by this version of hers.

Pretty cool.

Anyways, yes Further and Fortune, it is hard to see and know the effects of addiction and loss on those we love or have seen lose everything.

But such a blessing to also know those like you, who are survivors and continue to take back your lives and make them better every day.

Stay strong, and know that you make me proud.