Fighting addiction: Farnum's new way
If every Granite Stater with an addiction could have been in the room at the Farnum Center's fundraiser last Tuesday night, many of them might be on their way to recovery already. Farnum Center board member Melissa Crews, who organized the event, made the brave decision to use her own experience with recovery to help others. One of the main reasons people do not seek treatment is fear of social stigma. Crews decided to fight the stigma by outing herself, and she persuaded others to join her.
On the long path to recovery, overcoming the fear of social ostracism is only a first step, but a big one. You can help others take it by supporting and encouraging them, or maybe by sharing your own story if you can.
The sooner those who suffer know that they will not be shamed for seeking help, the sooner we can start to bring those numbers down.