Stories shatter stigma. Every time someone with lived experience of addiction makes their voice heard, it helps remove shame, confusion, and pain.
This year, our Shatterproof Ambassadors have continued to open up about their experiences with addiction, helping to create change and make others feel less alone. Their stories are hopeful, heartbreaking, passionate, insightful — and above all, honest.
Read their stories below. And if you’re interested in joining them by becoming a Shatterproof Ambassador yourself, learn more about the program and sign up here.
"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."
"Awareness is important. But compassionately sounding the alarm when someone needs help is a critical next step."
"I celebrated 10 years sober in November 2020. My dad has more than 35 years under his belt."
"Without my recovery, I wouldn’t have been able to be there for my mom when she was sick and needed me."
"Realizing this is heartbreaking, and no one knows that reality more than a mom who has lost a child to substance use disorder."
"Lyndsey felt ashamed, judged, and trapped by the stigma surrounding addiction for 9 long years—and so did we."
"This will be my fourth Mother’s Day without my son, Jason. I often reflect on the past at this time of year."
"Saving his life is my sweet Brittany Rose’s legacy. Because she died, I was able to help him live."
"This is what I live for now: the hope that my grandson’s generation will not be cast away like his father’s generation was, and that the antiquated stigma surrounding addiction will cease to exist."
"Stigma is a powerful enemy. But we have something much more powerful. That's love."