Help Us Change the Story of Addiction

We’re using the power of storytelling to break barriers and reduce the heartache and frustration. Take action and help us fix the system.

We’re using the power of storytelling to break barriers and reduce the heartache and frustration. Take action and help us fix the system.

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We weren’t told about addiction when opioids were prescribed

Health care providers often do not discuss the addictive qualities of opioids or inform patients of alternative treatment options.

I turned to substances to self-medicate

Mental illness among youth is often undiagnosed and untreated, leading youth to self-medicate with substances.

My parents and I weren’t taught effective ways to prevent substance use

Substance use prevention is often under-funded and evidence-based programs are not widely utilized.

david and greg

A Good Samaritan Law may have saved Greg’s life

Good Samaritan Laws provide legal protections for individuals who are present or provide assistance during an overdose.

My son turned to substances to self-treat his mental illness

Mental illness among youth is often undiagnosed and untreated, leading youth to self-medicate with substances.

No one ever talked about or asked about my family history of addiction

Health care providers do not typically ask about family history of addiction, even though they screen for a number of hereditary health conditions.

Alice's son, a victim of patient brokering

My child’s health care provider did not identify his addiction

Health care providers receive minimal training to address addiction and are unequipped to identify, treat and manage this common life-threatening disease.

Andrew Kiezulas - young person in recovery - and sister

My doctor prescribed me opioids without discussing the risks

Health care providers often do not discuss the addictive qualities of opioids or inform patients of alternative treatment options.