Members of the No More Meth Task Force presented another panel discussion last week at the Pride Center, but attendance was sparse.
We’re taught from a very young age that abstinence is the key to conquering addictions. We’re forced to sign a form in elementary school in which we promise to never drink alcohol. We watch television depicting people with extreme addictions who drink bottles of Listerine for breakfast.
Where there’s despair, there’s the Broward House.
The following is a Table of Contents of feature stories we ran in our May 21, 2014 issue on addiction, substance abuse, and support.
When Zachary* arrived at a hookup’s house he was taken aback by the luxury of it all — complete with a bird sanctuary, koi pond, square pool, hot tub, waterfalls, and a covered porch with couches.
Michael Botticelli understands all too well the effects alcohol and addiction has had, and continues to have, on the LGBT community. The acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy is not only gay, but also a recovering addict.
I have written this article too many times, over too many years.
Rachel Simpson never planned to work in the recovery field. “I started out as a psychiatric nurse specialist,” she said. “I lost a brother to addiction when he was 26-years-old. After that, I knew I was meant to work in this field and bring my perspective. My wife was in the field when we met, and it’s been a desire of mine to serve our community.”
One treatment center does not fit all. That’s the mantra at PRIDE Institute near Minneapolis. The facility opened its doors in 1986 as the nation’s first treatment center dedicated to providing services exclusively for the LGBT community. Since then, PRIDE has graduated more than 14,000 people hailing from every state in the country and even some from Canada.
They know the effects. They’ve seen the damage. And enough and is enough.