OUR MISSION: TO END THE STIGMA AND PROVIDE A FRESH START TO THOSE WHO ARE IMPACTED BY THE DISEASE OF ADDICTION.
HERE IS THE STIGMA PROBLEM: DRUG OVERDOSES ARE THE #1 CAUSE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATHS IN THE U.S. ADDICTION IS HIGHLY STIGMATIZED AND THOSE WHO ARE ADDICTED AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS SUFFER IN SILENCE, WHILE NOT SEEKING TREATMENT AND ISOLATING THEMSELVES BECAUSE OF THE SHAME ASSOCIATED WITH THE DISEASE. SCIENCE HAS PROVEN THAT ADDICTION IS A TREATABLE DISEASE AND NOT A MORAL FAILURE OR CHARACTER FLAW.
HERE IS OUR SOLUTION: WE SPEAK OUT BY TELLING OUR STORY TO RAISE ADDICTION AWARENESS TO END THE STIGMA AND BY EDUCATING OTHERS OF THE SCIENTIFIC FACTS ABOUT THE BRAIN CHANGES IN ADDICTION, AS WELL AS PROVIDING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE WAY WE TALK ABOUT THE DISEASE.
HERE IS THE TREATMENT PROBLEM: APPROXIMATELY 21 MILLION AMERICANS ARE ADDICTED TO ALCOHOL AND DRUGS. OF THEM, ONLY 1 IN 10 RECEIVE ANY FORM OF TREATMENT. TREATMENT WORKS, BUT ONLY WHEN AN ADDICTED PERSON CAN GET IT.
HERE IS OUR SOLUTION: WE PROVIDE A FRESH START TO THOSE WHO ARE ADDICTED BY OFFERING TREATMENT SCHOLARSHIPS TO THOSE WHO CAN’T AFFORD IT. WE OFFER RECOVERY SUPPORT TO THEM, AS WELL AS THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS.
Our mission includes these four goals:
1. To promote addiction awareness to end the stigma about the disease.
2. To offer scholarships for addiction treatment to those affected by the disease who can’t afford it, but are committed to recovery.
3. To provide positive emotional support for those who are in recovery and are in need of financial support.
4. To provide positive emotional support to family members affected by the disease of addiction through education and awareness of programs available for help.
These four goals are in line with what I think my son would have wanted us to do in honoring his short life, which involved his heartbreaking battle with addiction. Our organization is staffed entirely by volunteers, and all proceeds are used to further our mission.
Check out Mary’s story written about Cody on the national addiction organization Shatterproof’s website under the “Memorial” page at:
Cody & Mary's Story