Drug Stories Project

Drug Stories Project

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By sharing the personal narratives of those affected by the opioid and addiction epidemic, we can help erase the stigma. Listen. Learn. Share your story.
Jam Alker - Breaking Barriers
Nov 21, 2018 • 11 min
When musician Jam Alker entered treatment in 2014 he took his guitar with him and began writing songs about his struggles. He discovered the creative process allowed him to lean into his feelings instead of trying to numb them. Now Alker takes his message…
Denise Williams -My Twin Sons
Nov 2, 2018 • 16 min
About ten years ago, Denise Williams found herself trying to navigate the intersection of mental illness and addiction with her twin sons, Ryan and Matt. She wishes she had been better prepared.
Paula Fish -Drug Court
Oct 25, 2018 • 7 min
There are currently more than 3,000 drug courts in the United States. The one in Anne Arundel County, Maryland continues to expand. Drug Court manager, Paula Fish, explains how it works and why it saves lives.
Maureen Cavanagh -Maternal Instincts
Oct 18, 2018 • 7 min
Maureen Cavanagh is the founder of Magnolia New Beginnings, a non profit nationwide peer support group for those affected by substance use disorder. Her memoir, “If You Love Me: a Mother’s Journey through her Daughter’s Opioid Addiction” was published in…
Yana Khashper -Filling the Void
Oct 11, 2018 • 12 min
As a social worker, Yana Khashper knew how to connect people struggling with mental health and addiction issues with the resources they might need. But for many years, there was a disconnect when it came to helping herself. Now in long-term recovery, Yana…
Sicily Owings -I Work at a Methadone Clinic
Sep 27, 2018 • 7 min
At the methadone clinic where she works, Sicily Owings hears from clients about the relationship between trauma and addiction in their lives. She also knows about it firsthand.
Isabel Landrum - Working on Myself
Sep 20, 2018 • 4 min
“This is what addiction does. It takes everything from us.” In recovery since, 2015, Isabel Landrum is working on getting her life back as she helps others at a detox and treatment center in Southern California.
Eric Sterling - Inside the War on Drugs
Sep 13, 2018 • 16 min
In 1979, 30 year-old Eric Sterling went to work for a Democrat-led House committee tackling crime. A year later, Ronald Reagan won the White House and Republicans won the Senate. An epic battle for political control consumed much of the rest of that…
Angel Traynor - Recovery Housing
Sep 7, 2018 • 9 min
From her own experience, Angel Traynor knew that if you don’t give someone a structured place to go after treatment and send them back into their old environment instead, they are at a high risk to relapse. So she stepped in with Serenity Sistas housing,…
Terry Brent - Music Therapy
Aug 31, 2018 • 6 min
Everyone’s journey of recovery is different but finding the strength, courage and hope to share your feelings is integral to living life to the fullest without drugs and alcohol. In South Florida, musician Terry Brent leads clients through a song-writing,…
Karen McGinnis - God gave me a reason to want to live
Aug 21, 2018 • 7 min
At age 37, after 20 years of battling the disease of addiction, Karen McGinnis found a reason to make a change and make it work — the birth of her son. Now in long-term recovery, she says, “I’m a single, independent, fully self-supporting woman today. And…
Kim Manlove - Surviving the Worst Loss
Aug 14, 2018 • 9 min
Grief is an individual experience. When the Manloves’ son, David, died from a drug-related event, Kim’s feelings of guilt and shame overwhelmed him — but it did not divide him from his wife, and together they have found acceptance.
Mariel Hafnagel: Grace & Luck
Aug 8, 2018 • 9 min
Mariel Hafnagel is the Executive Director of the Ammon Foundation. In longterm recovery since 2007, she knows the disease of addiction well. Grace and luck and a lot of compassionate support changed her life.
Faye Jamali: Doctor in Recovery
Jun 6, 2018 • 15 min
In 2007, Dr. Faye Jamali broke her wrist. What happened in the next few months jeopardized her career as an anesthesiologist and made her understand pain in a new way.
Dakota Ayers: Not My Job to Judge
May 22, 2018 • 7 min
As an emergency medical technician, Dakota Ayers has seen a lot of pain and illness, much of it related to opioid addiction. When he responds to call, his job is to provide care and transportation on the way to the hospital. He’s not there to judge.
Bob Nicklas: A Lucky Man
May 2, 2018 • 6 min
Bob Nicklas: A Lucky Man by Drug Stories Project
Lisa Curtin: My Mom
Apr 30, 2018 • 9 min
In the late 1990s, Lisa Curtin’s mother read about a new drug called Oxycontin, and then nothing was ever the same for Lisa or her family.
Jenny Beetz: You Can’t Have Both
Apr 26, 2018 • 9 min
Jenny Beetz loved how heroin made her feel, but she appreciates the stability of her life without it.
Ted Stout: Doctors
Mar 19, 2018 • 9 min
If he had continued to follow the advice of his doctor, Ted Stout might not be alive today. The prescribed opioids reduced the physical pain he suffered from Postherpetic Neuralgia — until they made him much sicker. Then he took matters into his own hands.
Eric Whitaker: Listening to Learn
Mar 15, 2018 • 7 min
Eric Whitaker understands the destructive patterns and habits that can rule life. And he’s figured out a way to break his. He’s clean and he’s sharing his story.
Capt. Tyrone Collington: Saving Lives
Feb 21, 2018 • 4 min
Capt. Tyrone Collington is the commander of Takoma Park, MD’s patrol division. His #1 mission is to save lives. Sometimes that entails the use of a powerful tool called Narcan.
Andy Viner Seiler: Withdrawal
Feb 15, 2018 • 7 min
Andy Viner Seiler: Withdrawal by Drug Stories Project
Anne LeVeque: Insidious
Feb 13, 2018 • 7 min
Anne LeVeque: Insidious by Drug Stories Project