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Survivor Stories: Removing the Element of Shame is Essential in Helping in the Fight Against Addiction

There is a saying: Love the person struggling with addiction, hate the disease. The root of this mentality is to fight against the stigma associated with addiction, because more often than not, it’s the lack of conversation that can contribute to the problem. 

If we as a society could embrace the idea of talking about addiction, what would that do for the drug epidemic? For those fighting a substance abuse issue? 

Dual Diagnosis

“Population-based studies have documented that among all patients with major psychiatric disorders, those with bipolar disorder have the highest prevalence of comorbid substance abuse and dependence” (Tohen, et. al 1998, Pg. 133).

A Tough Guy Battles Back- Joe Pantoliano

As one of today’s best-known character actors, Joe Pantoliano boasts over 100 film, television, and stage credits. Joey Pants—as he is affectionately known—has been revered and honored for his unique and entertaining portrayals—including killer pimp “Guido” in Risky Business, bumbling criminal “Francis Fratelli” in The Goonies, double-crossing bail bondsman “Eddie Moscone” in Midnight Run, cynical US Marshall “Cosmo Renfro” in The Fugitive, turncoat “Cypher” in The Matrix, and shady sidekick “Teddy” in Memento.

Sparkle

 It's only a 4 letter word. It's a terrific motivator. It determines whether or not I think life is worth living. And if it's lacking it's awfully hard to move on with daily tasks. Yes I am talking about hope. It's funny how quickly my concept of hope changes. But today I am feeling overly optimistic.