New PSAs Encourage Others to Share Stories of Addiction and Recovery

~Television Spot Directs Viewers to The Hope Share, an Online Community for People in Recovery and Their Families~

New York, NY, February 25, 2014 – The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a national nonprofit dedicated to finding evidence-based solutions to teen substance abuse, released today new television public service announcement (PSAs) promoting The Hope Share, an online story-sharing portal and community of support for those in recovery and their families.

An estimated 85 million people in the U.S. have been affected by addiction. The Hope Share aims to help break the stigma surrounding addiction and unite those who have been touched by the disease, giving them a place to share stories and, in turn, share hope. Now in its second year, the online community currently consists of thousands of active members.

The spot highlights true stories of people who have faced addiction. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters all speak candidly about their own, or a loved one’s, struggle with this disease, and how their lives have changed since finding recovery. The television spot implores viewers to share their stories with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, because one person’s story of recovery can change someone else’s.

“I think it’s important for people struggling with addiction and their families to share stories of recovery and to help inspire people to get and stay sober,” said director Pamela Hanson. “Having lost my 22-year-old son to addiction four years ago, I wanted to make this campaign to help raise awareness about addiction, and try to help as many people as possible understand that while this is a disease, there is hope.”

“Since its launch, The Hope Share has grown into a vibrant community of people who have courageously shared their personal struggles and triumphs, and candidly shared their paths to recovery in order to help heal and support others,” said Kristi Rowe, Director of Branding & Integrated Marketing at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “This new PSA is a vivid reminder of the power and self-identify that comes with recovery.”

The ad was directed by Pamela Hanson, and production and editing was done by Consulate. Additional pro-bono partners included J. Walter Thompson for copywriting, graphics provided by Spontaneous and audio record and mix by Gramercy Park Studios.

To view the new television spot, visit The Partnership on YouTube. To see stories on The Hope Share, visit The Hope Share.

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    Mandy Whitington

    May 8, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    UNTOLD STORY PART 1

    This is just one of many moments in my life I have been more embarrased, heart broken, emotional etc, etc. I want to protect those who may not deserve to be protected, I want to hide the truth that has haunted me my whole life. I want to stop being maniulated but, continue to let myself be. I am lost and confused and want to talk to someone, but have no where to turn. As always I just want peace and happiness and put my own to the back burner. Until this afternoon when I broke down for the millonith time in the last 2 days and my husband woke me up or so I hope. His exact words were, “How long are you going to keep this up and let others who can not take responsibility for their actions or mistakes keep making you unhappy while you get manipulated and made to believe you are to blame for their problems. Wake up Mandy. When will you decide to be happy and stop worrying what other people think of her and meanwhile covering her ass as you have your whole life?” It’s hard. So hard. I would rather be the one people talk bad about than others thinking she is bad. She isn’t bad. She is one of the most kindhearted people, but the demon inside, that is another story. And that demon, he is very tricky and never announces his entry.
    After Mike’s (my husband) words, I knew I needed to write. I had to write. I knew I needed to just lay it all out on the table and clear my mind. So here we are! The hard part is yet to come. That being sharing my story. Letting people in the inside of my crazy world that I have tried to change for so long!

    What has yet to this day been one of the scariest & most heartbreaking moments of my entire life, I am living as we speak. Sitting here in this hospital room watching my daughter as she is hooked to all of these wires and tubes, all I can do is thank God that she is still with us and that we recognized something as quick as we did! That the one person who can bring a smile to my face with her innocence and love at any given moment is still alove and breathing!!

    It all began, Wednesday night. After a normal day of work and Maliyah, who is our 4th child, our biggest surprise ever, our sunshine, (The child I didn’t know how I was going to raise or how I could take on with what seemed to be an already full life, the child when I found out I was pregnant with went into a major depression and state of panic, the child who was than actually the missing piece that filled my heart and made me feel a love I never knew was missing or even existed!) began acting different and not herself. She was constantly shaking her leg and reassuring herself it would be ok. It kind if reminded me of myself having an anxiety attack. But, being I hadn’t been around her several parts throughout the day my first thought was what had happened prior to her acting this way and why she could be upset. We had just left Dollar General after picking her up from my mother’s and she had gotten away from me as I was at the checkout & took her package of diapers and booked her tiny butt through the aisles. Being I was up to pay and there was a growing line of customers at the register I yelled out to Mike to come in and get her. It took us several minutes to find her sneaky little butt (Did I mention, this child, yes my last and 4th child, the one I will be 80 chasing through the streets, is the one who is going to pay me back for all the things I did when I was younger!! She ALWAYS has us on our toes and I mean ALWAYS.) Anyways I told the cashier to just cancel my purchase and I would come back and pay after I grabbed Maliyah and something else I had forgotten and I went to help Mike, who was upset she got away from me, block her off as she was running through the aisles. Which now that I am thinking is not so much her either. Yes she will run from me and maybe go to toy aisle but, this kid was booking it in and out of the aisles and another customer ended up helping us corral her. When a simple, bye Maliyah in the past would have worked!

    Dad and I at this time are upset with one another. He is mad I let go of her, but that I never expected, and I am mad he didnt catch her faster, and just upset he is so mad at me. Never had she ever been like that. Arguing and upset at each other, I told him Maliyah and I would sleep on the couch after we showered, etc. Well after much debating with Maliyah who was screaming not to shower and wanting to just lay down, I finally decided to just give in and lay beside her.

    As I went to lay down by her her leg keep going up and down and she wouldn’t not sit still. I asked her what was wrong and my first thought was she was having a seizure or had gotten into poison or my Grandpa’s earlier that day, but being it had been almost 9 hours that seemed also questionable. But, after the earlier scare, my Grandpa taking her home and falling asleep to waking up and not being able to find her and calling ke asking if I had her, made that a question in my mind, as she would kept saying, “me be ok.” Which then turned into, me better mommy,” as I asked what was wrong and when she spoke her face wasnt her. Her eyes were going back in her head and she seemed scared, but as though she didn’t want me worried. (Did I also tell u how smart this girl is for 2?? She is pretty smart!!)

    My oldest son, Mikey, said she has ADHD as he is Googling her symptoms. To then saying maybe she is having seizure. My husband came into room and also very concerned. Soon all 5 of us, my 3 other kids, my husband and myself are standing above her concerned & worried. So I contact my good friend, Laci, who’s son I knew has had seizures. She didn’t know she basically told me if I questioned her actions and was that concerned don’t keep wondering go to the ER. Obviously BEST decision of my life.

    Still on the way to the hospital NEVER was what I was soon to find out, EVER even a thought or question of what could have happened!!

    Maliyah was squeezing my neck and telling me how much she loved me and how she was sick the whole 30 min, but what seemed to be eternity, drive to Chillicothe, the closet hospital near us. I was doing my best to stay strong for my daughter and ensure her she would ok and I kept her looking at me and speaking and kept reminding her to take deep breaths when she told me her chest hurt and wanted me to rub it. The whole way we trying to put scenarios or thoughts together and firgure out what could be going on. Little did I know only hours later would my sunshine be getting life flighted and be out of my sight for the longest few hours of my entire life!!

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    Char

    April 17, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    I have 3 kids there ages are 30,27,25 I am having more trouble out of my 30 he is in to drugs bad.I have been trying to find out how to help him .But he doesn’t want help. .he has 2 kids that are 6,3 and one on the way..God I wish he would get help

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    Riley

    March 30, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    My name is Riley. I live in a small town in Nevada and literally there are drugs everywhere. We are known as the drug capital. And as meth presented itself I took the opportunity to say yes and try this new drug. I smoked meth everyday for six months. The first time I tried it I loved it and i was hooked. I stole from gas stations, stole from my job, from my family and my best friends family just to get a high. I was in deep and knew there was no way out so why stop right? But then my family started noticing. I was 5’2 and 82 pounds, but when I looked in the mirror I looked good. I could out smoke any drug dealer in town. I would have panic attacks from staying up for weeks on end with no sleep but I didn’t care I had lost all self respect and was hurting everyone that loved me along the way but meth was my number one now nothing and no one else mattered. In April of 2013 I found out I was pregnant. I didn’t know what to do because I wasn’t willing to give up my drug that I loved so much. But I looked in mirror and realized that I was an ugly selfish person and I couldn’t believe what this drug had done to me. When you imagine your life and where you will end up, I never pictured my life like that. So I took a deep breath and flushed it down the toilet. I felt free, I felt scared too but I knew I could over come this nasty thing that had taken over my life. I had my son Janurary 7,2014 and I have never looked back let alone surrounded myself with negative people that influence me in the wrong direction. Sometimes you have to walk away from some of your best friends because their lifestyle is not suitable for you. You have to think about what’s best for you. My son saved my life and I don’t even have words to explain how great full I am for him coming into my life. It truly is a miracle. He is a miracle. (Sober since April 15, 2013)

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    miranda

    March 29, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    1-24-13 the day i checked into rehab i was 27 and was near death after being addictted to shooting meth. I hit rock bottom lost my 2 kids, my family, friends, my home, everything. My addiction was strong my daughter was born addictted to meth it seemed the hold meth had on me was to strong for me to fight on my own i needed help. I spent 39 days in a rehab called the Hope House. It changed my life i now fight everyday to stay clean and im blessed to say ive been clean for over a year, got my kids had my third child. Have my family and new healty realationships. I love being me today all that ive overcome has made me a stronger person. Anything thats diffucult to do like fighting addiction is worth the fight.

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    krystal

    March 24, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    My name is krystal I am 25 years old, I have been addicted to heroin for 9 years. U know I was one of those people who thought that me shooting heroin would ever take my life until it almost did on 3-7-14. I was at my sisters house and my sister found me laying face down in my own puke in her bathroom, she immediately rushed me to the er (she said I fought her the whole way there)I dont remember. But when I got there I had hardly no heartbeat my respirations were really really slow and hardly no blood pressure. The drug narcan saved my life and so did my sisters. I woke up didnt know where I was and all I seen was my mothers face and I freaked out bc I know she was hurt and scared. She was the only one who could come in my room that I wouldn’t freak out on. When I finally come to it literally scared the carp out of me, that stuff almost cost my kids there mother. U know god gave me a second chance at life and I took an oath to myself and my family that I was done and would never take another drug again. So now I have been totally clean for 18 days and I feel great. Just please take my advice and dont do it its not worth it at all. Its not worth having ur family go threw the pain and u loosing ur life bc of it. Just honestly before u do it, think about it please. It could save ur life.

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