Over 45 million Americans in the United States are impacted by addiction. And we all have a story to tell. Whether you’re a person in long-term recovery, a family member or friend, someone who’s struggling with addiction, or an ally, your story can make an impact. And it’s time for your voice to be heard.

Silence is deadly for people who struggle with substance abuse. Shame can keep us from admitting how dire the situation is. But there’s no shame in asking for help, and there’s no shame in raising our voices. Believe it or not, your experience can help give someone the courage they need to speak up in a time of need. From other people with substance use disorder, to parents and friends, to policy makers and law enforcement – we all have something to say about addiction.

I’m a person living in recovery who knows how empowering it is to share my story. Now, it’s my mission to give you the opportunity to tell yours as well. The Voices Project is a collection of stories, from the many different kinds of people affected by addiction – people like you. When you share your story, you’ll be joining millions of others in breaking the silence and changing the way we talk about addiction. Through this project, it’s my goal to feature as many of these stories as possible via social media and on this website.

The Voices Project is for everyone who’s affected by addiction. Raise your voice and tell your story. Our words can support, inspire, and create change at a critical time. Join us.

Submission guidelines:

  • 700-1,000 words.
  • 1 personal picture submission minimum / 3 maximum.
  • No profanity.
  • Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  • You may paste the story in the text field and/or upload a Word document.
  • 10MB limitation on all files.

Voices Project

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