The winners were:
1st Darlene DeMore (PA)
2nd Louis Buchhold (CA)
Ian Christenson (MN)
The winners will receive: 1st-$500, 2nd-$250, 3rd-$100.
We are proud to announce that a recordbreaking 128 individuals
from across the US and the UK submitted essays.
And even more proud that so many of you bravely shared your story.
Here Are the Essays
MEDICATED ASSISTED TREATMENT
A New Beginning
Darlene DeMore, Pennsylvania
Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) has supported my recovery from addiction in ways I never expected. Early in recovery my only concern was not feeling sick and having a place to sleep other than the ground or a park bench. When I became pregnant, I was terrified that I would not be able to take care of my child. MAT allowed me to become well, function normally and raise a beautiful, healthy daughter.
I continue to be committed to recovery because when I allowed myself to be open to the process and accept my disease I was free. Free to be a loving mother of two, free to contribute to my community, free to share my recovery experiences and free to be a woman I am proud of, honored to be, and will continue to become.
Louis Buchhold, California
I’ve been sober for 11 years/6 months. I could have never imagined I could experience even one day free from alcohol/drugs back then. In 8-long years I have never been able to get longer than 30-days sober, being in/out of AA, therapy, and having tried to kill myself. Then I met a psychistrist who saw past that homeless, unemployable, degenerate hope-to-die alcoholic – to a person gripped by a terrible disease with a medical solution.
IN MY OWN WORDS…
Medication Assisted Treatment (Buprenorphine / Suboxone)
Ian Christenson, Minnesota
Suboxone saved my life. I’ve been clean and sober since that day 5 years ago when I walked into my doctor’s office beaten down by my addiction and finally asked for help.