Brentwood, TN – Dr. Nora Volkow recently published a new blog entry titled “To End the Drug Crisis, Bring Addiction Out of the Shadows.” Dr. Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse argues, “far too often, shame and stigma fuel addiction and prevent treatment. But replacing judgment with compassion can save live.
When I was six years old, as I was having dinner with my mother and three sisters, my mother received a telegram. She broke down crying as she read it. Her father — my grandfather — had died. In her grief, she locked herself in her room and would not let me console her. The memory of my inability to relieve my mother’s suffering still haunts me. [Continue Reading]