Unite to Face Addiction Rally

Unite to Face Addiction RallyOn October 4, 2015, I will be attending the Unite to Face Addiction Rally in Washington, DC. I am going to advocate for those affected by the disease of addiction. I am going to help break the silence, confront the stigma and fight for the rights of those seeking treatment.

I’ll be there to celebrate the hope and success of those in long-term recovery and to help support families with who are hoping their loved one will seek addiction treatment. I’ll be there to comfort the families who are still healing from a loved one’s struggle with drugs and alcohol and I’ll be there to offer my empathy to those who have lost a loved one. Because I know what it’s like to lose someone to addiction.

My beautiful son Marc died from an overdose of methadone and Valium on May 2, 2000. He was just 18 years old and our lives were changed forever on that day. After losing Marc, I decided to do everything I could to help others who have been touched by this horrible disease.

As a result, I speak frequently about my experience.  I have joined every group, coalition, and organization aimed to educate and provide help to parents and teens. I have advocated alongside other families who have been impacted by the current medicine abuse epidemic. I am a proud family member of Families In Support of Treatment, as well as Long Island Recovery Association. In addition, I started a support group for families and friends who have lost a loved one to a substance use disorder.

Over the last 15 years of speaking out and advocating, I have met the most incredible people. I have made friends with those in long-term recovery, those in early recovery,and even those who are not yet sure they are ready for treatment. I’ve met families who have struggled with the loss of a parent, sibling, or child and families still in shock over discovering someone they love has a substance use disorder. I’ve also met the wonderful people who provide addiction services to our communities. I am grateful to all the people who support us and who help to bring about acceptance, change and compassion to this very curable disease.

I am exhilarated to come together with others at Unite to Face Addiction on Sunday. I will be traveling from Long Island, NY with three of my fellow advocates – two moms who also have recently buried their sons and one mom who is still hoping her son will fight for recovery.

I can’t wait to join hands with so many who have been lost, discarded, sick, and lonely. I will be thrilled to join friends, families, and colleagues from across the U.S. and beyond (including my friend from Sydney, Australia) to show our strength, hope, and determination.

It will be amazing to be with so many others looking to change the Face of Addiction.

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