Addiction is a disease that impacts families, friends, and co-workers of the person with addiction.
This quote by James Baldwin is an inspiration for our work. The FACE project is working to help people who are struggling with addiction (aka Substance Use Disorder) and their families.
Judge Linda Davis was known for her tough sentences on people who used drugs. Then one of her daughters, a student and athlete, got hurt at age 17 and needed knee surgery. She was prescribed opioid painkillers, and over time that led to heroin use. Her addiction spiraling out of control, her daughter told Judge Davis late one night: “Mom, I’m a heroin addict. I need help.”
Since then, Judge Davis has become an advocate for people with addiction. She served on multiple opioid-related task forces, helped start Families Against Narcotics (FAN), and is involved in drug treatment court. She has received a number of awards, including:
Judge Davis will be speaking at various venues across the UP about addiction and the role that loved ones play in recovery. Dates and times to be announced.
Addiction is a disease that re-wires the brain to seek substances above other needs. Loss of employment, friends, family, and social standing are common.
Anyone who is connected to the person dealing with addiction can be impacted. Fear and worry, anxiety, and feelings of helplessness, depression, and anger are common.
When the person with addiction is a tween or teen, there are special considerations to address. This is already a chaotic time, with changing hormones, school stress, and peer pressure .
Children whose parents are dealing with addiction also have special considerations. Bullying, shame, lack of peer supports, and confusion are some things to look out for.