Topic of the Month: The Opioid Epidemic

  Social Media Perpetuates Stigma Surrounding the Opioid Epidemic   By Samuel A. Ball, Ph.D.  The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse November 7, 2016

Social Media Perpetuates Stigma Surrounding the Opioid Epidemic

By Samuel A. Ball, Ph.D.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
November 7, 2016

“Recently, news organizations and social media channels have increased exposure of devastating images of addiction, especially photos and videos of people overdosing or near-death, sometimes with their children nearby.”

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  Depression and Addiction: We Must Break the Stigmas   By Dean Dauphinais  The Huffington Post August 22, 2014

Depression and Addiction: We Must Break the Stigmas

By Dean Dauphinais
The Huffington Post
August 22, 2014

“Depression runs in my family.

I didn’t know that for a long time. But once I found out, it was a relief of sorts, because a light bulb went off in my head, and I suddenly had an explanation for some difficult things that were going on in my world.”

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Lynn who has been clean for six years

“I wish people understood how much I wanted to stop, how much I hated what my life had become. I think people assume that there is a lot more choice involved than there is. But I don’t think anyone really chooses to become a heroin addict.“

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Wendy, who has been seven years sober

“I was a Registered Nurse. I never imagined that I could become addicted to opiates … lose everything I owned. I wound up homeless, on public assistance. Lost my license to practice, was chronically in trouble, in court, arrested.”

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