Stories over Stigma. Share Yours

The Central Virginia Overdose Working Group is a collaboration of stakeholders joining forces to coordinate efforts to identify gaps and develop real solutions to the overdose epidemic. These stakeholders continue to work with families and advocates to change the false narrative that substance misuse is a choice. The outdated word, drug addict, and that concept should be erased.

Substance use disorder (SUD) is a medical condition–a disease linked to biological predispositions, mental health, isolation, community negligence, recidivism, and suicide. It’s time to erase the stigma and be Silent No More when it comes to tackling substance misuse and encourage life-saving conversations and help build paths toward recovery for our loved ones and communities.

To tell your story about a deceased loved one who died as a result of SUD, go to Stories over Stigma at the link below.

Stories Over Stigma

Here are the stories already on the site. I hope you’ll add yours.

Charles Aubrey Rogers: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHqoOnWHXPP/
Adam Abubaker: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHqmu7Anr-R/
Blaize Torrence: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHqrQLTnCYN/
Billy Derr: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHqsIa0nGop/
Taylor Rhodes: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHqpZS0nhuJ/

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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