We humans are complex creatures and rarely are we one dimensional in our responses and interactions with the world. The faces of addiction cross time, culture and geography.
These popular wristbands are a means of sharing hope, respect and compassion with others. First available in 2007 for the disease of addiction, today they are used for many important issues where stigma hinders healing. The wristbands have been distributed for substance use disorder, gay rights, HIV/AIDS and other stigmatized groups across the U.S., Canada and Great Britain.
Have an event coming up for awareness – a walk, a booth at a local fair? Like to do public speaking? Hate to do it but have the opportunity to stretch your wings and help others? Our intention is to give you some tools to ease your way.
Stigma and shame rob us of self-esteem. When we choose to take action we need our full power. Here are ways others are making a difference.
In the context of shattering the stigma of addiction, it is important to be clear on our own personal reasons and values. We can be stirred to action for many reasons. To sustain action it helps to set intentions, to understand our motivation and to put a promise into concise words.
Web links that I found helpful to broaden the landscape of my thinking and give me hope. There is no starting or ending place; each of us journey our own path. Happy reading!
Books that I found helpful to broaden the landscape of my thinking and give me hope. There is no starting or ending place; each of us journey our own path. Happy reading!
At a recent gathering of bereaved parents the discussion was about coping. Specifically, how did we each find or develop coping skills to continue our lives after the loss of our child? The question is similar for parents whose children are alive and struggling with this disease – what coping skills are employed to maintain sanity and do these skills change over time? On either side of this same coin, we each must find what works for us.
The more time passes, the more we learn about the history and look to the future of a disease well over 150 years in its evolution.