Have you seen the Netflix movie called Abducted in Plain Sight?
It’s about a family whose daughter was kidnapped TWICE by a family friend and neighbor, in the 1970’s.
If you’re like me, you thought to yourself, “there’s no way in Hell I’d let that happen!”
It’s really hard to believe that this family didn’t put a stop to their friendship with this man (and his family) when they noticed his preoccupation with their young daughter. You can’t help but have some VERY judgmental thoughts about this family.
How did they let this neighbor take their daughter (not once but TWICE)?
Why didn’t they call the police sooner?
Why did the mother allow herself to get so mesmerized with the man?
It’s exceptionally hard to believe what the father did. It just goes against every grain in my body!!!
The family’s explanation is that it happened before the times of internet and true crime shows. That kind of thing wasn’t really talked about or even thought about much in those times. Even knowing that, it’s still hard to wrap your head around it.
When you watch the movie, you think “first of all, I’d never let my daughter leave with that man”, and second of all, If I had let her go (which I wouldn’t) and she wasn’t home at a reasonable time, I’d take action immediately.
After some reflection on the story I started to realize, THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME!
It’s happening in every neighborhood in the country, only the abductor isn’t a man, it’s addiction.
ADDICTION is abducting our children, spouses, parents, and friends every day, and it’s doing it right under our noses. Some of us even invite it into our homes, just like the Broberg family did.
If you’ve seen the show, you know that the man brainwashes the girl (and later her mother). This is exactly what addiction does. It hijacks the person’s thinking and controls their behaviors.
In the movie, it takes years of therapy (even after the girl comes back home) for her to begin to think rationally about the situation. It’s the same with addiction. Therapy with an addicted person is essentially like trying to “un-brainwash” them!
I’m not a big fan of scare tactics, but I would like for all of us to realize just how dangerous addiction is.
Your child is ABSOLUTELY VULNERABLE to being abducted right before your eyes. I don’t care how smart you are, how great of a family you have, how much money or education you have.
Your child is at risk!
Addiction will come right into your home and get control over your child, destroy your family, and you’ll feel powerless to stop it.
Chances are, you’ll do exactly what the Broberg family did!
You know the part where they wait days before they call the police?
You’ll do worse than that, you’ll wait months and even years to try and call the authorities. Because you’ll tell yourself “it’s not that bad”, “it can’t happen to our family”, “it’s just a phase”, “it’s normal for young people”.
Most of the time, even after families call us, they still refuse to believe that what’s happening is addiction. And as a result, it gets worse and worse.
I’m not sure what the statistical chance of your kid being kidnapped is, but I know for sure it’s WAY less than the statistical chance of your child getting addicted (1 out of 10)!
Parents spend a tremendous amount of time worrying about things like grades, teen pregnancy, scholarships, nutrition, sports, and everything else under the sun.
The reality of the situation is that the thing most likely to ruin your kid’s life is addiction. It’s the most dangerous thing we as parents are facing, and we don’t realize it.
Statistically, addiction is more likely to happen to your child than a very serious car accident, more likely than cancer, more likely than kidnapping, more likely to cause long term damage than bad grades, or teen pregnancy.
In fact, addiction is often the cause of car accidents, some cancers, many kidnappings, bad grades, and even unwanted pregnancy.
Most of us do very little to try and prevent it, and once it starts to take hold, it usually goes on for years before we take serious steps to address it.
We just keep telling ourselves, “that’s not what’s happening”. We don’t take it seriously until it’s totally gotten a hold of a person.
If we could all get our heads on straight about what the problem really is, we could do a much better job of addressing it sooner or even preventing it.
Addiction is the number one killer of young people in this country. Only before it kills you, it ruins your life and destroys your family. I see it every day.
I’m not trying to get you to panic, but I am trying to get you to understand the severity of the issue. It’s time for us to wake up and realize ADDICTION poses danger to our family. Don’t stand idly by and let it take your spouse, your child, your sister, grandchild, or your best friend!
The most effective thing you can do is to educate yourself so you will know it when you see it, know how to avoid it, and what to do if it does manage to creep into your life.
The Broberg family could claim ignorance because they were a trusting religious family and back then people didn’t realize that such terrible things could happen. You have NO EXCUSE. It’s on the news every day! Stop being in denial. It is happening and it can happen to you!
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