This site is devoted to sharing pictures, letters and poems of Sean Blake. He was a young man who loved kindness. He enjoyed giving and receiving love. A gifted poet and writer. He was an amazing chess and card player. Sean showed his love by cooking for family, friends and strangers alike. You may have seen him reading palms on Church St. in Burlington, VT. He touched many lives with his wit, charisma and love of life.
The site is maintained by Sean’ s family. We hope to show that Sean was more than his disease. We share our stories and many stories of families affected by substance use disorder. We hope there will be less stigma and shame with mental illness and substance use disorder. We hope to raise awareness of the dangers of opiates and risk of death from their use. We advocate for compassionate treatment and harm reduction.
As anyone reading this can understand, Sean wanted to live, he wanted sobriety. It takes only one moment of weakness with an opiate to cause serious consequences. The message is don’t start. No one intends to grow up to be a slave to a substance.
Sean initially began with high dose THC products, this caused mania, psychosis and even a suicide attempt. It ended his career in the Navy. Unfortunately, he developed polysubstance use disorder. He began use of opiates in addition to cocaine and marijuana. Sean used Oxycontin and eventually heroin. Sadly, he transitioned from opiates to marijuana. He attempted to treat his OUD with marijuana and alcohol. While he survived five years after his OUD was “in remission”, he eventually, used something that turned out to be fentanyl. We aren’t sure if he had any idea what he was using. He still, at times, when manic,he used cocaine. However, he did have needles in his bag and we can’t say for sure what was in his mind. He was impaired with marijuana and alcohol in addition to the small amount of fentanyl. I wish he had been on some type of MAT, instead of trying to self-medicate.
The poems and letters were written, mostly during periods of good health. The writings and posts chronicle his struggles with love, bipolar disorder, substance use and life. Hopefully, what he has left behind will help another to choose life over addiction or at least show more kindness to those struggling with this disease.
SB died at age 27 from an overdose of alcohol and fentanyl, combined with marijuana.
We will miss him forever.