Creating Hope...Changing Lives
What started as one small group in Macomb County has now grown into an organization with 20 chapters across Michigan. FAN’s mission is to offer community-based, compassionate, best-practice/evidence-based services to people who have been affected by addiction—this includes individuals with SUD and their families—and to erase the stigma of addiction while instilling compassion and hope.
I’m Still a Person: The Stigma of Substance Use & the Power of Respect
by Dr. Audrey Begun (MSW, PH.D.), is an interactive workbook created to help give people the knowledge required to address substance use-related stigma within themselves, their families, and their communities. This book examines the importance of the language we use when talking about substance use disorder and offers activities that will help spark changes in the way people think about the disease. It will also inspire us to be agents of change in environments where individuals and families may experience stigma.
BRIDGING THE GAPS
While the programs that Families Against Narcotics offers to the public were created to make treatment and recovery more accessible for those who are ready to seek it, they also recognized that a large number of people who have been touched by addiction were falling through the cracks. Bridging The Gaps highlights the three much needed programs that they developed to help fill in those gaps. The goal? To not only improve the odds of long-term recovery, but also to assist a vastly under-served population.
In 2020, nearly 255 people died from drug overdoses every day in the United States. That’s almost 11 people every hour. Faces of sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and other loved ones, all gone much too soon. Overdoses are this country’s leading cause of injury-related death, which is why Families Against Narcotics works tirelessly to help individuals and families affected by addiction. FAN strives to educate our communities about the dangers of prescription and illicit drugs, assist those who are struggling with addiction get into treatment, and support both individuals and their families on their journey to recovery and healing.
With more than 20 chapters throughout Michigan, FAN’s mission is to save lives and erase the stigma associated with addiction.
COMPASSION > STIGMA
Hopeless. Helpless. Junkie. Drug seeker. Crackhead. Deadbeat. Unfortunately, those words are still part of the stigma associated with the disease of addiction. And stigma is one of the main reasons people who need help don’t seek it. We need to work hard to eliminate that stigma, because it does way more harm than good.
At Families Against Narcotics, we believe that compassion > stigma, and we assist individuals and families affected by substance use disorder with the respect, empathy, and compassion they deserve.
DON'T GIVE UP
We live in a connected society where people are not afraid to share their negative opinions freely on any subject they see fit.
This is no different with the stigma of addiction. These are sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, siblings, and friends who deserve a beautiful life like anyone. Please help us erase the stigma of addiction!
A person struggling with any drug addiction can come to any of the participating police agencies and ask for help. They will be greeted with support, compassion and respect.