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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My insurance company stopped paying while my son was in treatment

Before my son entered residential treatment, I did my homework. I read my insurance plan’s explanation of...

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

So often I was told by well-meaning people, including professionals, that I had to get out of his way. Let go....

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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.

An insurance denial led my son to Florida, where he died from an overdose

The Parity Act prohibits discriminatory coverage of mental health and substance use disorder benefits but it is not well enforced.

I was only given one option for recovery

When I was in recovery programs, I was told what to do but was never asked what I needed. Alcoholics Anonymous or...

When William needed help, he was repeatedly turned away by hospitals

After reviving a patient who has overdosed, hospital emergency departments often miss an opportunity to engage the patient with substance use disorder treatment.

I was one of the lucky ones to receive medication to treat my opioid addiction

Legal and regulatory restrictions, stigma, and other barriers make it difficult for many patients to access FDA-approved medications to treat opioid use disorder (MOUD).

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...