BENEFITING: THE HERREN PROJECT
EVENT DATE: Jun 19, 2015
We all struggle with addiction.
- We struggle because we don't understand addiction.
- We struggle because we know or love an addict.
- We struggle because we are suffering from addiction.
I found myself blissfully and ignorantly floating within the first category for the longest time until suddenly I knew and loved an addict. My heart broke for them but I couldn't understand at all what they were going through because I didn't understand addiction.
I've spent a lot of time educating myself on addiction and here's what I've learned...
- Addiction is a disease.
- It has nothing to do with willpower or moral principles.
- In-patient treatment can be very, very expensive and isn't always covered (at all or in-part) by insurance.
- It's often linked to depression, anxiety, ADHD and many other mental illnesses.
There is a stigma surrounding addiction. As a society, we aren't talking enough about the dangers and reality of addiction. We aren't supportive and loving of those who are plagued by the disease. This Article is totally worth the read and perfectly sums up our treatment of addicts as a culture. I'd love to help shift that view and if you ever want to chat about this, please hit me up. I'm really good at talking about it.
In honor of those who are combatting this debilitating disease and in memory of those who have battled and lost, please, please, please consider making a donation here for my 30th birthday in lieu of gifts.
It would mean so much to me if you would leave a comment when you donate so we can keep the conversation about addiction going.
I know so many of you have been affected by addiction in so many different ways and it would be so great to build a little community supporting each other here.
All funds raised will go directly to The Herren Project. The mission of The Herren Project is to provide assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety, educational programs and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction. Oh and your donation is totally tax deductible.
My goal is $3000. It's lofty. But it would only take 100 $30-donations and since I'm turning 30, that would be pretty clever of you to donate $30. Addiction is a downer, so in celebration of life and 30 amazing years, I'm willing to make a deal with you....
- If I raise $1500 by June 19, I will wear a CrowdRise superhero cape my entire birthday weekend, June 19-21. For real.
- If I raise $3000 by June 19, my amazing friend Derek Turkeysandwich and I will record some songs and share 'em with everyone who donated. It'll be seriously fun and you'll be able to stop asking me to sing karaoke.
- There will probably be some sort of social gathering on 6/20 to celebrate raising so much money and my 30th b-day. Family and friends are invited.
And if you can't donate, at least chew on this...
Try to be more sensitive and open to those who suffer from addiction and mental illness. If you are suffering, seek help. If you know someone who is suffering, be kind, be supportive, try to be understanding, educate yourself, and encourage them to seek professional help.
Oh and this quote from This Article...
"I have arrested or charged many addicts and dealers," Campanello said. "I've never arrested a tobacco addict, nor have I ever seen one turned down for help when they develop lung cancer, whether or not they have insurance. The reasons for the difference in care between a tobacco addict and an opiate addict is stigma and money. Petty reasons to lose a life."