Better East Texas: Reach out to love ones before tragedy strikes

Better East Texas: Reach out to love ones before tragedy strikes

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Tragedy struck recently when former NBA basketball player Lamar Odom was found unconscious and unresponsive – the result of some kind of alcohol and drug overdose.

Reports say that Odom had been involved in a four-day binge in a place he probably should not have been. While Odom was in an induced coma, his family and friends gathered around him and others held vigils for him. I don't want to suggest that the outpouring of concern was not genuine, but if the described actions of Odom are accurate – a four-day period where he essentially lost control – then you have to ask where were his family and friends when he really needed them?

How does someone as high-profile as he is just disappear for four days? It just doesn't happen without someone knowing about it or someone enabling it to happen. We see it all the time with stars and athletes when some shocking or self-destructive behavior takes place and then the family rallies around them.

It happens too in the real world where we take family and friends for granted until something dramatic happens. Intentional drug overdoses, suicides, and other self-imposed tragedies are preventable, but it takes loved ones of those that are desperate to step up in advance and do everything they can to prevent those actions rather than just react to them.

As we prepare for the holidays, we will encounter friends and family members who need our love and care. Reach out to them before the unthinkable happens – and that will make for a Better East Texas.

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