Personal Stories

Get advice and perspective from families who have also been impacted by substance use or addiction.

I practice insurance coverage law and was not clear on my rights for substance use disorder insurance coverage when trying to help my son.
Our family suffered for years in silence through this horrific journey of my son's heroin addiction, but now we can speak of Ryan’s health problem out loud.
It was like a light switch — I asked myself, “Where did my daughter go?” I found out it was substance use and mental health issues at the same time.
My son is a drug addict caught up in the vicious cycle of detox, treatment and relapsing perpetuated by the scheme of patient brokering. He's still in it.
In my family, addiction was treated with the same love and affection as if I had suffered from any other potentially fatal illness.
Here are a few things I’d like parents to know so they can best help their child – and themselves – through treatment and recovery.
When my son became addicted, I embarked on a journey to learn about preventing and treating this disease. I wish I knew then what I know now.