I remember when I found out my son was first smoking marijuana. Everyone said its a phase kids go through and it is no big deal, so I didn't tell my friends or family. After all, I did not want my son to be labeled an addict and have them think poorly of him.
Linda Davis recently retired from the 41B District Court to oversee the organization she founded 11 years ago, Families Against Narcotics. Judge Davis founded FAN after her own daughter confessed to struggling with heroin addiction, and she found resources in the community lacking for family support. We caught up with Judge Davis to ask about her experience educating communities about addiction.
Buprenorphine/naloxone (known by it’s common brand name, Suboxone) is the gold-standard treatment for opioid addiction. So if your friend, family member, or significant other is now receiving the gold standard of care, you should feel some relief. But medication for addiction recovery comes with a stigma that often results in concern from loved ones.