As another holiday season is upon us, I am touched by the stories that highlight the fact that together we are making a difference and that our message is becoming mainstream. While we should celebrate the progress made, we must remain relentless in our commitment to convert the naysayers. But let us all remember, that progress is made by educating and not by demeaning or ridiculing those who have a different opinion about Substance Use Disorders.
A special thank you to all the politicians, from both Red and Blue states, who are speaking out that Drug Addiction is a Disease, Not a Crime.
And an especially big thank you to patients afflicted with the disease of addiction for having the courage to speak out. I hope you enjoy the reflective article about Rediscovering Christmas and the heart felt story of how the Opioid Epidemic Grips a Community; but there is hope!
And let's not forget to thank the many Law Enforcement Leaders who understand the need to destigmatize the disease of addiction. Here are two examples of Police Chiefs who are helping to save lives through unique programs. Thank you to Chief Leonard Campanello of Gloucester, MA for establishing the The Angel Program and Chief Robbie Moulton of Scarborough, ME for developing the program called Operation Hope.
We are truly making progress and please feel free to contact me to assist in any way.
To all those afflicted with the disease of addiction and to friends and family members, please do know that you are not alone and there is progress being made. Most importantly, please do reach out. Many of us are waiting to help.
MERRY MERRY & HAPPY HAPPY TO ALL