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Alumni Submissions – A Calgarian, a Client and Breaking the Stigma – Part 3

The notion of “once an addict, always an addict” in our society is something that is killing people, preventing people from getting the help they need and robbing capable individuals of bright and productive futures. There is absolutely NO TRUTH whatsoever to that, and the evidence is all around us. There are more people who have endured addiction of some sort within your own spheres than you would ever imagine, it’s just not all are as forthcoming about it as I have been for the last few months.

For some, it is a private battle, but no less valid. More than 10% of the Canadian population grapples with addiction, which equates to over 3.5 million domestically and well over 100,000 in my adopted hometown of Calgary alone. Open your minds, your ears and your hearts, it can make all the difference in the world. Before you judge or you write someone off, before you pressure someone into having another beer or you take advantage of someone’s weakness, before you turn the blind eye or cast the first stone, take a second to think about how much harm you may actually be doing… just sayin’!

My Thoughts

The reaction to this post was remarkable in all its entirety. I watched it unfold as a bystander and was so encouraged by the encouragement! I can’t express enough the need to be LOUD, speak our truth, be the change we want to see…That’s how we change the stigma attached to addiction. We don’t change things by ‘being quiet.’ The squeaky wheel gets the oil, right?

It takes strength, courage and hope to post such posts! Together we make it. Thanks to the man himself, Brent, for letting me use his voice through our blogs to give the perception and dialogue from the clients themselves. It makes a difference in someone’s world – always!

Since 2011, Jaymie has worked with clients at Sunshine Coast Health Center, creating an environment for clients that supports their needs. Jaymie has also battled and conquered substance abuse issues of her own and understands the dynamics of what it takes to be successful, healthy and happy. In 2011 she received an Addiction’s Careworker Diploma through McMaster University and continues to pursue her education in Counselling Psychology.

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