Broken No More is an organization formed by families and friends of those suffering from a drug disorder (addiction). We have lived the trauma of addiction with our loved ones and we have seen the devastating results of this disorder. And, too many of us, have experienced the loss of a loved one from a drug overdose. Broken No More was formed with the hope that more enlightened drug policies will reduce the stigma and help to stem the tide of addiction and overdose.
Our goals are:
- To provide support, knowledge and an information base for those who have lost a loved one through the disorder of addiction. This is a unique loss, often preceded by months and years of turmoil and suffering on the part of the person and their families.
- To educate the public about the realities of the disorder of addiction. To raise awareness that this is a medical condition and should be treated as such. We are working to change the attitudes towards the people suffering from this disorder, to eliminate the stigma, and thereby increase the understanding of the difficulties our loved ones cope with while living with their addiction. We promote research for effective medical treatment of this disorder and improved and accessible rehabilitation programs.
- To change the way “addicts” are treated in our society and to end this epidemic of lost and destroyed lives. Until the stigma and shame are removed from those who suffer from this disorder, progress towards change from punitive to therapeutic responses will not occur.
- To change the existing failed policies regarding drug use. The four decade long War on Drugs is a horrific failure and has brought only harm to our loved ones and to ourselves. Policies must be changed to reflect the newest scientific developments that prove and continue to prove that addiction is a treatable disorder. Addiction is a health issue, a medical condition; punishment is not the answer to this problem.