People Making a Difference
"We may often feel fragile, but we are strong. And we are many."
IF YOU LOVE ME
A Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Opioid Addiction
Becky: "Jena Marie Fuqua, my daughter, my first glimpse of how much the Lord must love me, is one of many stolen. It will take all of us to scream from the rooftops to bring an end to the broken system that left me without my little 🐦 bird and leaves many suffering in silence."
Becky is the founder of:
With a Facebook page by the same name.
Sam is a behavioral pharmacologist with a doctorate in biopsychology. He is in long term recovery himself from addiction to opioids. His understanding of the disease is key to helping people with SUD's. Sam has founded two organizations which have come out of his personal experience.
- Broken No More is an educational and advocacy group.
At Broken No More we promote scientifically valid information for our members on substance use, addiction, drug policy, and the means to mitigate the harms of substance use for the individual and for society.
- GRASP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a safe, non-judgmental forum, so that people grieving the loss of a loved one to substance use may share their feelings, stories, struggles, strategies and support with each other, honor their loved ones and grieve their losses.
Jessica Hulsey Nickel
Founded the Addiction Policy Forum in 2015 to help families and patients struggling with the disease of addiction. Frustrated by the lack of progress in improving outcomes for those individuals and families struggling, she started this nonprofit. THe 185aDay project is an tangible way to see the amount of people a day that are lost to overdose. The CDC, in 2018, revealed that more than 67,367 people died from drug overdoses - 185 a day!
Gary Mendell is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Shatterproof. After losing his son Brian to addiction in 2011, Gary founded Shatterproof to spare other families the tragedy his had suffered. Since founding Shatterproof in 2012, Mr. Mendell has been a national leader in the addiction space creating solutions that will create more access to treatment for Opioid and Substance Use Disorders. He is a frequent speaker on how our society can end the stigma unjustly associated with addiction.
When Theresa Clower lost her son to a drug overdose in 2018, she needed to find a way forward. Clower said the project designed itself. She wanted to do something for those who were in similar situations, but she said she wanted it to be more than drawing a portrait and mailing it to a family. “I wanted more community, more connection, more support,” Clower said. “I also wanted to think in terms of eliminating the stigma that often accompanies drug addiction.” To accomplish this goal, Clower plans to host an Into Light exhibition in every state. For more info: Into Light Project
We envision a world where addiction is de-stigmatized and better understood as a disease and where family members and loved ones of those afflicted by addiction never feel like they have to suffer alone or in silence.