Thank you so much for asking me to be here today, and to such an extraordinary event.
Does it stagger anyone else that there’s almost no stigma or shame associated with getting wasted or puking on someone’s shoes? In fact, it’s encouraged. It’s even considered entertaining television to watch people struggle with their addictions.
We live in a society that tells us, over & over, that using is fine. It’s only when you QUIT that you’re judged. It’s only when you QUIT that you’re encouraged to be quiet, to be anonymous. It’s only when you QUIT, and if you’re God Forbid, open about it, or even dare to write a book about it, that suddenly you’re treated as if you’ve done something wrong.
We HAVE to change this. We HAVE to, because whether we like to admit it or not, this is an epidemic, and more and more people are dying.
There are so few diseases that cause the sufferer to become someone worthy of people’s derision, causes them to hurt the people they love most, act in ways they themselves know is destroying them, and where there is so little support out there for those that suffer from it. Mental illness, eating disorders, and addiction. Or, as I like to call it, the trifecta of Judgement.