Despite the stigma of addiction, I no longer keep my past a secret

"A year ago, I wouldn’t have dreamed of writing so candidly about my own struggles. My willingness to openly discuss that I was once addicted to alcohol and drugs began on October 9, 2014. I was a newly appointed member of the city of Portland’s Substance Use Disorder Task Force, and Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, attended our meeting."

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