As of today, we have completed 23 portraits and life-stories. Nearly half-way to the 50 portrait goal! More portrait volunteers are needed, especially in the Cincinnati area. Younger addicts in particular are wanted.
We have had many unlooked-for and positive results from doing the portraits and interviews. All participants feel lighter, more validated as people for having participated. And the McDonald’s gift card we provide every portrait volunteer is turning out to be very, very welcome.
If you’re an addicted person and read this, consider volunteering. You will be welcomed!
Faces of Addiction is an art project to increase awareness and understanding of addiction through fine-art portraits of addicts, along with brief stories of their lives. The goal is to enable viewers to relate to addicts as individuals, not as numbers, statistics, or labels.
This website is now officially up and running. Faces of Addiction, Inc is now an Ohio non-profit corporation, and our tax-exempt tax status certification is in the works. We have also been busy interviewing portrait volunteers and creating biographies and final portraits. All this takes time and effort, and is incredibly exciting. Thanks to all who have participated and volunteered their help so far!
On Tuesday, March 6, sponsor Mike Harris, a recovering alcohlic who has founded a club for recovering alcoholics (and others) in Hamilton, OH, accompanied photog Eric Hatch on a field trip to locate and recruit volunteer portrait subjects. By day’s end we had met, recruited, interviewed, and photographed six persons. A huge leap forward!
Gateway House is a clean-living community in Cincinnati. One resident, well advanced in his recovery, volunteered as a portrait subject. Keith Maynard was our fourth subject. Keith in turn introduced us to another addict, Robbie Tweed, far earlier in recovery than Keith. Robbie’s goal is to help others by going to halfway houses and treatment centers to talk about his own addiction. However, he says, “with my record, they won’t let me inside, so maybe Faces of Addiction is one way I can tell my story.”
March 6, 2018 — Project sponsor Mike Harris, himself a recovering addict (alcohol), has taken a major role in Faces of Addiction. He has founded a club for recovering alcoholics in Hamilton, OH. Now he has donated cash, McDonald’s gift cards, and much time and energy to Faces of Addiction. Thank, you Mike!