“All of a sudden you feel like somebody has your back and you matter. You are not just an addict. That grace is huge.” — April Chouinard
I am able to talk freely about my story without judgment and with total acceptance. This has changed my life.
Somebody came into my office and said ‘I relapsed yesterday. I already talked to my probation officer. I already have my bags packed to go to treatment.’ That is success for that person.
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We can interrupt the cycle of children aging up into homelessness, which is a problem in our state.
Bit by bit, I shared more of my truth, however ugly, each time I returned.
Why can’t we reward and celebrate the people who seek help?
Our role is not to “fix what is wrong.”
We often do not treat people who are seeking help for a drug addiction with empathy. We treat them with judgment and scorn.
We help people understand that substance use disorders are a brain disease, and that recovery is possible.
As a devout Catholic who spent time in the seminary in her late teens, Satin says she knew that there was little room for women in leadership in the Catholic church and absolutely no acceptance of a transgender person.
They did not want ‘those’ kids near ‘their’ kids.