A tragic story out of a Colorado Springs spotlights the severe issues and ultimate demise of a struggling alcoholic.
Colorado Springs Shooting: Struggling with addiction
Noah Jacob Harpham was a 33-year-old man living in Colorado Springs and battling the demons of addiction. His mother, Heather Kopp even chronicled some of his struggles in her book about her own alcoholism, Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up With a Christian Drunk. In it, she described Noah’s polarized views of his family and his self-esteem problems.
“Noah loved and hated all of us in equal measure,” her book reads, according to The Guardian. “In Noah’s mind. He was the loser child, the burnt piece of toast in the bunch.” His mother described him as “introverted” and “moody,” and called his anger “toxic.”
The Guardian reported that Noah completed a three-month rehabilitation program in California for his alcoholism, but according to his mother, he drank almost immediately following his stay.
Turmoil turns to tragedy
On the morning of October 31, 2015, with no warning. Noah Harpham took a rifle and a revolver and began shooting people at random. He first shot a bicyclist, who died almost instantly. And this was just a few feet outside of his Colorado Springs home. He continued walking down the road, where he came to a sobriety house.
And then opened fire on two women on the porch, who also died shortly thereafter. A few minutes later, police arrived on the scene and in a shootout, Noah Harpham was taken down and killed.
Clearly and tragically, Harpham had very serious mental issues that extended beyond his alcoholism. although these problems (like most problems), were likely influenced and worsened by his drinking.
Getting help for dual diagnosis
First of all, dual diagnosis is a term used to describe a scenario in which a person dealing with a mental health illness. And simultaneously faces a substance abuse problem. Because, know dual diagnosis therapy is often needed to unearth and treat issues of mood problems, self-esteem issues, bi-polar disorder. Also, other mental health conditions alongside treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction.
Therefor, when you think you may have a mental health condition and are struggling with addiction. Or if you are looking for care for a loved one who is, don’t wait to get help.
Most of all, specialized care is critical to recovery and The Watershed can help.
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