“We cannot incarcerate ourselves out of addiction. Addiction is a medical crisis that—when it comes to nonviolent offenders—warrants medical interventions, not incarceration.” - Dominique DuBois Gilliard
October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. Addiction is a disease like any other and it requires effort and support to manage. It also often coexists alongside other mental health disorders like depression. To support recovery, it is imperative that we reduce the stigma associated with substance abuse as 1) anyone can be susceptible to addiction and 2) stigma can prevent people from seeking help. According to American Addiction Centers, up to 20 million Americans suffer from substance use disorder.
At SHARE Detroit, we are partnered with several organizations devoted to reducing stigma, providing education, and giving support for those battling addiction including Unite to Face Addiction: Michigan, CARE of Southeastern Michigan, Families Against Narcotics, Inc, Growth Works, Jamie Daniels Foundation, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, and Friendship Circle. Please spend some time this month learning about their individual missions.
We hope that you will take the time to support these organizations by attending an event, volunteering time, donating money, or shopping their wish-lists! If you are still in search of a nonprofit to support, please check out our directory here.
About SHARE Detroit
SHARE Detroit is a community initiative with opportunities to do good across the tri-county area. A robust online platform makes giving easy by connecting generous people to the greatest needs in the community. SHAREDetroit.org offers local nonprofits a chance to be seen and heard, regardless of cause or size, and work together. Learn more at sharedetroit.org.