A DJ spins under pink and red lights at a dance party. Unsplash image via Juliette F
By
Tom A.

Early in my recovery, I avoided LGBTQ+ functions. But luckily, a lot has changed in the world around me.

A selfie of the author and her father, smiling
By
Kristin Gourlay

I celebrated 10 years sober in November 2020. My dad has more than 35 years under his belt.

A screenshot from Project Echo's abstract presentation, showing a young woman in a black top speaking
By
Rachael Cooper

How can the stigma of addiction be rooted out? Watch these six winning presentations for some inspiring ideas.

The author's father and son in the bathroom, shaving
By
Anne Emerson

I have a wonderful life now. I don't know where I'd be without my dad's support and love.

Window with candelabra and pride flag. Photo by Tatiana Rodriguez on Unsplash
By
Shannon Touhey

While nightlife is an important part of LGBTQ+ culture, the lack of inclusive, sober spaces can be alienating. In some communities, that's starting to change.

Key advocates, including Shatterproof's Courtney Hunter, watch Governor Sisolak sign legislation on the steps of the capitol building

Thanks to tireless advocates, the bills were signed into law by Governor Sisolak last week.

New York state flag

From coast to coast, it's been a great week for addiction policy change.

A close up of the rainbow Pride flag and the blue-pink-white trans pride flag
By
Q Garcia & Grace Lee

How can someone be expected to recover if they do not feel safe in their treatment?

Chad smiling and lounging on an outdoor patio with a mountain view
By
Chad Fahlberg

Within a week I had a prescription for Suboxone and access to support meetings. The doctor’s office called often to check in. I realized that maybe I could hang on.

Cynthia English

Women are disproportionately impacted by exposure to opioids. When it comes to common women's health procedures, there are pain management alternatives.

View of the Capitol from inside
By
Courtney Gallo Hunter, VP, State Policy

Federal and state governments need to double down on what we know works and what needs to be tested.

Karen and Jason dancing
By
Karen Anginoli

This will be my fourth Mother’s Day without my son, Jason. I often reflect on the past at this time of year.

An old family photo of the author, in sunglasses, holding her baby son Tommy
By
Colleen Michaelis

Realizing this is heartbreaking, and no one knows that reality more than a mom who has lost a child to substance use disorder.

A childhood photo of the author's daughter, smiling in a red and white go cart
By
Connie Koch

Lyndsey felt ashamed, judged, and trapped by the stigma surrounding addiction for 9 long years—and so did we.

The author with her mother and son, at a birthday party
By
Anne Emerson

Without my recovery, I wouldn’t have been able to be there for my mom when she was sick and needed me. 

Gary Mendell lost his son, Brian, to addiction.

Gary Mendell lost his son, Brian, to addiction.

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