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 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 to 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!
Please sign the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ petition to support the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) which we will share with legislators on October 5th!
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September is Recovery Month, a national observance to increase awareness and understanding of substance use disorders.
This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable” highlights the value of peer support and helping others. Research shows that by sharing their experiences, people in recovery bring hope to others, and promote a sense of belonging.
We here at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids couldn’t agree more. We believe that stories unite those who have been touched by addiction and offer hope to others. That’s why we’ve created Stories of Hope, a vibrant community of people in recovery – like Sofia and Justin and Jodi and Nathan and those with an anniversary today and many, many others – who have courageously shared their personal struggles with drugs and alcohol, as well as their triumphs in recovery.
We currently have 1,519 Stories of Hope – and would love to have your story added.
Do you have a recovery story to share? We invite you to share it now and become part of our online recovery community. Be an inspiration. Your story could change someone else’s.
Grandparents play many roles. One important one is preventing their grandchildren from drinking and using drugs. Check out our Power of Grandparents guide to find out how grandparents can better communicate with their teenage grandchildren to keep them healthy and safe.
In his book, “The Grandparent Guide: The Definitive Guide to Coping with the Challenges of Modern Grandparenting,” Dr. Arthur Kornhaber, MD has identified 10 additional grandparental roles. This wide range — from “Ancestor” to “Wizard” — illustrate the profound impact grandparents can have on a child’s life.
If you are a grandparent, with which of these roles do you most identify? Let us know in the comments below.
ANCESTOR – “You function as an ambassador to the past, a powerful figure in the present, and a role model for the future.”
BUDDY – “You’re a pal, secret confidante, and at times, even a light-hearted conspirator.”
HERO – “The fact that you have lived in times and places so far removed from your grandchild’s everyday experiences imbues you with heroic qualities.”
HISTORIAN – “Sharing your own life experiences as well as those of your ancestors will give your grandchild a sense of continuity and belonging.”
MENTOR – “You are a cheerleader firing her imagination, inspiring her dreams, nurturing her spirit, and encouraging her intellectual growth while giving her a sense of self-worth.”
ROLE MODEL – “Your actions show your children and grandchildren how they should behave as grandparents of the future.”
SPIRITUAL GUIDE – “Acting as a spiritual guide involves teaching your grandchild to harvest such fruits of the spirit as love, tolerance, compassion, reverence, joy, peace, gentleness, faith, and kindness.”
TEACHER – “As a grandparent, you have the right and the responsibility to run your own classroom about life, to develop your own curriculum, and to pass on your wisdom, knowledge, and life experience.”
STUDENT – “Just as you teach and inspire your grandchild with your knowledge, she can teach and inspire you with her knowledge of contemporary times across generations and motivate you to jumpstart your capacity to grow and change.”
WIZARD – “Activate your own wizardry and be your grandchild’s companion in the preternatural world of make-believe and illusion, of dreams and surprises. Fly together on the wings of fancy and enjoy the flight!”
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