I know so many families who've lost a loved one or friend to an overdose including myself. With all the prevention efforts, narcan trainings and distribution, town hall meetings, seminars and forums, recovery specialists intervening at the hospital and a multitude of informational efforts, it's sad to think that we actually have this day on the calendar.
On the other hand, it's a wonderful tribute to all the beautiful souls who have fought the battle of addiction, but ultimately lost. It's a reminder that Substance Use Disorder is a disease that is at epidemic proportions and if you have it you and your family are in for the fight of your lives.
It's also a reminder that it it is a treatable disease. Over 23 million people who are in recovery can attest to that.
On August 31, 2017 take a moment and do what you can to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of Substance Use Disorder. Reach out to grieving families and help them heal. Talk to those suffering because they are human beings who need help not judgement. That's what this day is all about.