“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
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.
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.
Overdose deaths in the U.S. rose to over 93,000 in 2020 — up from 70,630 in 2019 — which was the largest amount ever recorded in a 12-month period.
August 31, 2021 — An expansion of embedded social workers into law enforcement was announced in Hennepin County. The addition