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24 million Americans who are currently using illicit drugs and all family members and friends who are affected by this epidemic.
I believe this will inspire individuals suffering with addiction to seek treatment?
This video will help them understand that they are not the only ones suffering from this dilemma and that seeking help is not a sign of weakness. To admit an individual has a problem is great sign of a person’s inner strength and willingness to resist judgment.
How does this video work to end the stigma surrounding addiction?
It inspires those who have a drug dependency to find the courage to stand up for themselves, to take a different path, and not let illicit drug use of their past dictate their true character or their future.
What inspired me to create this video?
After 15 years of being involved in the drug/alcohol treatment community I have heard and witnessed thousands and thousands of individuals that never reached out for help for fear of being embarrassed, shamed and judged by their friends, families, and peers. These stories inspired me to write my book, “When Nobody’s Home,” which is meant to inspire those who suffer from addiction to look for solutions to the problem. My hope is to impact those who believe they are crippled by their own insecurities that addiction can be conquered and defined by their self-worth.
What would cause a person to use drugs if it “really” was not beneficial for them? I was determined to go behind the scenes with my clients and come to understand what “need(s)” were being met by consuming drugs from day to day and year after year. Otherwise, why would a person choose this type of behavior? I had a difficult time believing that these individuals had some disease of the mind, that they would never recover fully and to avoid relapse that they would need to attend support meetings–literally for the rest of their lives. A lifetime of meetings couldn’t be the only workable solution, could it? This is why I wrote “When Nobody’s Home…” An in-depth look at Drug Dependency through the eyes of a Probation Officer
This person decided it was important enough to make contact with someone in the literary world. So, to make a long story short we now have a Literary Agent, on the East Coast, who is willing to represent the book, “When Nobody’s Home…” Is this a dilemma or is this good fortune? Any suggestions?
So here is the problem. The initial editor believed it was beneficial to have another editor fine tune the project. Well, as she read the book, a couple of chapters hit home and she decided to share a portion of the book, “When Nobody’s Home…” to a friend in the publishing world. The book was well received by this person. Book release date TBD