I watched my son, Matthew struggle with substance use for over 12 years. He unfortunately lost his battle to addiction on 11/23/15 as a result of a tragic accident. I organized “Matt’s Mission - End the Stigma of Drug Addiction” in his memory to hopefully end the stigma of addiction and raise awareness of addiction as a disease focusing on treatment not punishment. I saw firsthand the difficulties my son faced including the immense challenge of trying to rebuild his life. Matthew wanted desperately to be free of the chains holding him down to this horrific disease.