This is my daughter, Sarah. Some people refer to those who have died in the past tense. I cannot. She's on my mind ever day. By keeping her memory alive, her death will not be a futile one. She is more than a number and her substance use disorder is not what should be used to define her. My daughter did not die of unknown causes. She died struggling to live—unable to figure out the complexities of life challenges. She was a victim of substance use disorder. Truth—Neither silence nor denial is acceptable.
The purpose for this forum is invite dialogue and respectful conversation surrounding substance use. Whether a family member of a loved one with (SUD) substance use disorder, including (OUD) opioid use disorder; a person in recovery; or a person still in active addiction, your voice matters!
My co-writer, Laurie and I first talked about this writing project about a year ago. We have both been affected profoundly by substance use disorder (SUD). We expressed to each other the need to voice our convictions, to speak out to a broader audience the truths we have experienced regarding addiction. We realized the importance of offering a text that enlarged upon the problems that families and those in the active throes of addiction face. We desired to write a book that not just spoke clinically or shared dreadful stories, but also offered hope and solace.
We are inviting you to join this forum, using your voice to affect change, to inspire hopeful outcomes, to provide impactful stories. Please share your voice, your experiences, your thoughts and your incites.
Your voice is important and it matters. It adds context to the greater picture and narrative surrounding substance use disorder. We intend to bring to the forefront, rather than allow it to languish in hushed places. If we don't talk about addiction, then how can we propose healthier ways of managing it?
Are you in recovery? How did you decide to stop using substances? How long have you been in recovery? Did you seek treatment? We need your successful recovery stories because your story is one offering hope.