I made a promise to my son, Brian, to spare others of this tragedy.
For almost ten years, my son Brian struggled with the disease of addiction. After we lost him in 2011, I struggled to make sense of what had happened. Inspired by Brian’s compassion, a vision emerged: to unite millions of Americans within one organization, empowering them to create change.
Today is a good day. I spoke to my son and he's happy.
In April 2001, my son entered his first rehab. He was going to get fixed in 30 days and then everything would be okay, right? Well, no. Not at all. Recovery is an ongoing process. It’s not always easy, but I love my sons and I’ll never give up on them.
Laura’s opioid addiction began with a sports injury.
After I lost Laura, I became focused on turning my misery into ministry. I hope my story can bring comfort to other families who have gone through this, and ease the feelings of helplessness that I know all too well. We are not alone. And we never forget those we’ve lost.
Let's make a promise to see past our prejudices and listen to the truth.
Doctors, government officials, and addiction specialists agree that medication assisted treatment is safe, effective, and even lifesaving for people with substance use disorders. It all starts with the right treatment plan
We unite advocates, ambassadors, and communities to get things done.
We believe in a public health approach to the disease of addiction, and we’re working hard to get our laws and policies to reflect this, both on state and federal levels. We’re calling upon our nation’s leaders to prioritize common-sense goals and known live-saving measures.
We believe that together we have the capacity to reduce the devastating impact of addiction on families across America. Together we can help parents prevent their children from developing an addiction to alcohol and other drugs and ensure that those afflicted with this disease gain access to proven and effective treatments and long-term recovery programs.
Together, united, we are Shatterproof
Together we can reduce the stigma and secrecy associated with addiction, removing the shame felt by those struggling with this disease and their families. Together we can change the conversation about addiction.
"We applaud US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, for releasing a landmark report on substance use disorder. The time has come to stop treating addiction as a moral failing, and treat it as the disease it is." - Gary Mendell