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.

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4 replies
  1. Mark Kinzly
    Mark Kinzly says:

    The strength of people to share the pain suffered from loss and making it positive for many. Jeffs passing has changed and saved lives and touched more in 27 years than most in a lifetime. May the creator continue to carry the Cullen family and find comfort in the fact they are helping many. PEACE and BLESSINGS

  2. Felicia Schneider
    Felicia Schneider says:

    On Feb 8, 2015 heroine took our son’s life. Our hearts ache and I scream out loud. The tears won’t stop. Pain, anger, fear, regret, blame, shame….the mix of feelings are unbearable.
    We are left with the fact that our son who was also a loving brother and uncle is gone from us forever and there’s nothing we can do to bring him back to us.
    But by helping one person to never take drugs, a family who loves an addict or one who’s lost their loved one to this terrible disease; Blake’s death will not have been in vain.

    Blakes Mom


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