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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Rory was punished for his illness

Many people with substance use disorder end up involved with the criminal justice system, where they are typically subject to an approach that is punitive, rather than health-promoting.

My sons deserve respect bestowed to victims of other national tragedies

The overdose crisis is a national tragedy but the government has not lowered flags to fly at half-staff, a customary recognition of tragedy.

When we finally realized we needed help for our son, we didn’t expect it to be so difficult to find

Because addiction treatment is separate from the rest of the health care system, finding quality treatment can be challenging.

When my family members needed help, I was told my only option was to go to the police

While police are often the default first responders for mental heath and substance use disorder crises, they lack adequate training and preparation.

My insurance company stopped paying while my son was in treatment

When the insurance company determines that care is no longer medically necessary and denies ongoing payment, patients have to make difficult financial decisions or are forced to stop in the middle of treatment.

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Demand Equitable Insurance Coverage for Addiction Treatment

Families are still fighting to receive the mental health and substance use insurance benefits they are due.

Because I am Black, I am more likely to be arrested or go to prison for drug use than receive treatment

Racist drug policies, coupled with systemic racism in the health care and criminal justice systems, have sowed distrust and had devastating consequences on Black and Brown communities.

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When my son was struggling with substance use and my family needed help supporting him, I was told I was enabling

When families are supporting a loved one struggling with substance use, they’re often given uninformed advice rooted in stigma. There are effective strategies for actively supporting a loved one with addiction, but they aren’t widely available.

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Has your family experienced obstacles to receiving effective care?

Your story can help others impacted by addiction and become a powerful tool for policy change.