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Have You Been Touched by Addiction?


More than 85 million Americans have been touched by addiction, whether they’ve faced the disease themselves or have supported family members or friends through a substance abuse issue.  Unfortunately, the stigma and shame that so often surround drug and alcohol addiction prevents many from getting the help that they need.

Together with Moo Studios, Consulate Film Editing and director Pamela Hanson, we developed a poignant yet brief documentary highlighting the true stories of people who have faced addiction in some way.  Those featured speak candidly about their experience with substance abuse—some are in recovery themselves, others have helped friends or family members recover and some have sadly lost loved ones to the disease.

We encourage you to view and share the video.  Together, we can help others understand that they aren’t alone when facing addiction.

We thank all those who collaborated on the piece for helping us spread the word about this important health issue.

12 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of betsy mason
    betsy mason / February 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Fantastic video. Each one of the speakers said something that was true of my family. I’m the mother of a deceased heroin addict. My daughter died on Oct. 23, 2009 after 9-10 years of trying to quit. She was 29. Hope went hand in hand with frustration,anger,disappointment and deep sadness. She’s at peace, but I wish she could have had it here with us.

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    kimberley burke / December 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I too am a recovering drug addict and author of the book “White Magic~Black Tragic”…the diary of a MAD crackhead which offers solutions to those who desire change. I am seeking ways to shed light on this dark and gloomy subject and help others in recovery. I am available for speaking engagements as well…thanks for providing a forum that offers positive feedback and solutions to this crippling epidemic.

  3. Rose McKinney / December 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    It’s so important for family and friends to speak up. By sharing our stories, we are able to find support, strength, hope and courage from others who understand. More importantly, speaking up may well help others who feel alone realize that there are plenty of us out there.

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    Charlene Sciarretta / December 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    If I close my eyes and listen to the video, my son and I would be all of the people on that video. He was the nices guy you’d ever meet and he never understood why. I buried my son in May 2004 – he lost his battle and I will miss him for the rest of my life. Pray every day for our children. Charlene

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    renee / December 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Awesome video thanks to all who participated and i will pray for all of you

  6. Avatar of Orfelina Cisneros
    Orfelina Cisneros / December 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm


    This is the most powerful video I have seen lately. I definitely will share with others.

  7. Avatar of Mary Beth Blevins
    Mary Beth Blevins / December 1, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Have been unable to locate the link for the new video – Touched by Addiction. Can you assist me?

  8. Avatar of Karen
    Karen / November 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Hi. I can’t find where the link to click to view the HAVE YOU BEEN TOUCHED BY ADDICTION video is. Can you help. I have a son in recovery and our family is in ‘relationship recovery’… this might be a useful tool to share with those that just don’t understand! In peace, Karen

  9. Candice Besson / December 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Hi Karen, if you can’t view the video on this page, it is availble here as well:

  10. Candice Besson / December 1, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Hi Mary Beth, if you cannot view the video on this page, please visit:

  11. Rose McKinney / December 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    This is a prayer for Thanksgiving that I think we can say any day of the year. My prayers to you and yours.

    Great Spirit,
    In this season of Thanksgiving, my blessings are plenty and my hope is eternal. Bless the addicts, their families and friends, who pray they will know brighter days ahead. Days when passion, goodness, potential and wisdom will again guide their lives. Days when there is triumph over addiction. Days when the people we once knew return. Days when they believe we’re on their side and would help in any way we could. Days when they will know they always have been and always will be loved.

  12. Avatar of Vikas
    Vikas / June 5, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I come to this website quite a bit. Your aelictrs help keep me up-to-date on what is going on in substance abuse. I want to extend my appreciation to everyone at Join Together in the magnificent job they do. Here’s to many more years of success!

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