Seeing substance use as a moral failing doesn’t help. It makes you feel stigma and shame, which makes it harder to change.
Bringing diverse communities together to find and enact solutions to the overdose crisis.
If you are being detained, you have a right to know why you are being detained and the right to remain silent until you have had a chance to speak with a lawyer.
We need more support for people with addiction in our communities. Having access to continued trauma counselling to help resolve issues with her upbringing and being abandoned would have helped a lot.
I wish I could say that my story ends here, but it is just the beginning.
For anyone who is struggling right now, try to find someone you trust who you can talk openly with.
My past revealed how structural stigma works and creates serious harm for people in need.
The psychological and physical pain people who use drugs experience is unbearable. It’s stigma.
Harm reduction helps connect people with life-saving services that help them turn their lives around. It provides hope, and path forward. I’m living proof of this.