Tuesday, February 7, 2012

You Are Not Alone

The Partnership at Drugfree.org has posted some new You Are Not Alone videos. They are worth your time watching.

It never ceases to amaze me how far and wide this issue strikes.

Barbara Eden - Barbara Eden ("I Dream of Jeannie") lost her son to a heroin overdose. She encourages others not to let shame become a barrier, but rather, to share their stories.

Art Alexakis - Art Alexakis, lead singer and guitarist of Everclear, talks about his struggle with addiction. After a suicide attempt, Art realized it was time to change. The now father of two, 22 years in recovery, is proof that it gets better.

Christian Hosoi - Skateboarding legend Christian Hosoi had everything: money, fame, and a career. After seven years doing crystal meth every day, he hit rock bottom and realized that he had to make a choice. He is now 11.5 years sober and hopes that by telling his story, others will be inspired to make the right choice.

Josh Leonard - Actor and filmmaker Josh Leonard ("The Blair Witch Project"), in recovery for 13 years, credits the support of his family for saving his life. By being open about his addiction, he believes that he is taking power away from the disease.

Jane Paulsen - All three of Jane's sons struggled with addiction, but it was only when she shared her story with others that she realized she was not alone.

If you would like to make your own video to share with others in this struggle go to this page:  

You Are Not Alone


Barbara said...

Thanks, I will check this out.

I often share about Keven with people I meet and 9 times out of 10 they will respond that someone close to them in some way also struggles with addiction. Its VERY COMMON and absolutely nothing to be ashamed about as a parent. I think the first step for parents to be able to cope is to understand and believe that it is not our fault. I still struggle with that now and then but for the most part, I've let it go. It will torment you if you don't.

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