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Addicts and alcoholics are locked into addiction not only by their painful past and distressing present, but equally their bleak view of the future (Mate, 2013). The definition of stigma is 'a distinguishing mark of social disgrace' Yet the epidemic continues to rise with death, incarceration, and hopelessness. I am determined to lift the fallen, restore the broken, let go of what you cannot change, and I am so much more than my circumstances.The most liberating and empowering day of my life was the day I freed myself from my own destructive nonsense. I had to leave almost every aspect of my life behind including many people. Spiritual family-not biological was a key part of this experience.We can no longer tolerate or accept secrecy, shame and silence. Recovery is possible. I celebrated 28 years this past January and obtained my Masters (MA) degree in study of human behavior. I have worked in many rehab's and hospitals around the country. We can and do recover. Just for today-I will be vigilant doing everything necessary to guard my recovery. Have a look and see all that it took to get here and what continues to work-and what does not work. Your part of the problem or part of the solution. We will no longer accept or tolerate secrecy and shame. .