A Chance to Heal for Families and Friends of Accidental Overdose
Submission Date: July 18, 2014
Attributing Author: Denise Cullen
Source: The Huffington Post
Denise Cullen shares her lost and her optimism in this Huffington Post article.
Lost in the publicity about the exponential rise in accidental drug overdose deaths are the faces and broken hearts of the many hundreds of thousands of family members and friends of loved ones left behind — families devastated by the loss of a loved one in this most tragic and stigmatizing way.
My husband’s and my only child, Jeff, died in the summer of 2008 of an accidental overdose. He struggled with substance use disorder for over a decade with periods of remission and relapse. As a family we did everything we could to help him and were by his side. He was 27 years old.