10 Powerful Stories from Shatterproof Ambassadors in 2021

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.

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

Coordinated Care Saved Me from Falling Through the Cracks

"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."

 

A selfie of the author, Lorri, with her family

Turning Alcohol Awareness Into Action

"Awareness is important. But compassionately sounding the alarm when someone needs help is a critical next step."

 

A selfie of the author and her father, smiling

A Father and Daughter Connected by Recovery

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

 

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

My Recovery Makes Me a Better Mom and Daughter

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

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

Sometimes Love is Not Enough

"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

Turning our Brokenness to Beauty: A Mum’s Reflection on her Beloved First Born

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

 

The author, in a blue dress, smiling and dancing with her son, in a tan suit

A Mother’s Wish and Mission: Change the Stigma of Addiction

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

 

Overdose Awareness Day

I Attended a Naloxone Training in Memory of My Daughter. Nine Days Later, I Saved a Stranger’s Life.

"Saving his life is my sweet Brittany Rose’s legacy. Because she died, I was able to help him live."

 

A portrait of Irene Filimonoff-Haney and her young son

Contingency Management Could Have Saved My Son

"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."

 

A selfie of the author and her best friend, both smiling

Love Beats Stigma: Turning Grief into Action After an Overdose Loss

"Stigma is a powerful enemy. But we have something much more powerful. That's love."

 

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