It is time to break the silent voices of those affected by addiction and incarceration, because we are so much more than the stigma we face. We are advocates, parents, siblings, significant others, and friends. More than that we are human, and because of this, we are worthy of ending the stigma.
Carolyn Mirretti is a social work intern at Workit Health and will be graduating with her MSW from the University of Michigan later this month. She is passionate about using research and other methods of data collection to create effective interventions for disadvantaged populations. She is specifically interested in working with youth who are at-risk or have a history of involvement with the criminal justice system.
I’m one of the 2.7 million children in our country with a formerly incarcerated parent. My family suffered from an addiction that led to his incarceration.