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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I turned to substances to self-medicate

I felt like I had finally found the thing that was going to fix me. My low self-esteem seemed to disappear when I...

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

His depression and anxiety started around middle school and grew worse toward the end of his father’s battle...

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.

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.