Society has a backlog in the understanding that drug addiction is a disease just like diabetes is or any kind of disease. There is also a stigma that society has attached to people with drug addiction, for them to feel the shame, being an outcast or a junkie.

In this episode, Gail speaks with Gary Mendell, the founder of Shatterproof, who as a parent was impacted by a child with addiction. After his son Brian died, he made a promise to his son that he would spare others of this tragedy. That promise has now become a movement, something that the country needed to bring people together for awareness of the disease.

Highlights of the episode …

– What drove Gary Mendel to start the foundation Shatterproof?

– In what ways does Shatterproof work in changing the stigma attached with drug addiction?

– How was the foundation able to change the knowledge and attitudes of people in Pennsylvania about the disease in just 12 months?

– Is Shatterproof going in the direction of going to the media or Hollywood to share stories and information that drug addiction is a disease?

– They say that there is a higher chance of addiction when started at a younger age, what should be the role of schools in educating the kids?

– Gary’s website, its impressive line up of Board of Directors and the resources and programs available for addiction treatment.

– What recommendation can Gary give to parents who undergo the same emotional experience and are impacted by addiction?

– Words of wisdom on self love and self care that Gary passed on to listeners, especially those who have the drug addiction disease.

Resources:

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About the Author

Gail Buck is a Certified Master Trainer of NLP and TLT®, a business consultant, Life Coach, and Speaker. She is the host of the I LOVE ME LAB podcast and Facilitator of pilgrimages all over the world.

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