Category: Stories

faces and stories from people that are addicted to substances such as alcohol, heroin, crack, amphetamines, etc.

Heroin Angels Memorializes Victims

Heard today from Hershel Gau who has created a website to memorialize persons who have died of an OD.  He offers space to post a snapshot of the lost person and room for personal stories as well. The site is called Heroin Angels, and here’s the link. Heroin Angels

Are we competitors? Not really.  We share the goal of raising awareness of the human costs of addiction, but our approaches are very different.  Good luck to Hershel and his project!

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FOA launches Gofundme campaign

We’re doing great for the art gallery, print book, and flip book materials … but we’ve been asked to produce a 23 minute documentary for use in recovery clinics and in prevention campaigns (like high schools).  This takes money, so here’s the link. Please share the link with your friends — that’s how a fundraiser works!

Faces of Addiction Go Fund Me campaign

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It’s official!  The Faces of Addiction art show will be on display in the Rhodes Office Tower, directly across from the Ohio State Capitol, in June, 2019.  Facilities administrator Sheila Sheila prints says, “We look forward to seeing your pieces!”  This is an excellent venue for FOA because it’s large enough to show all (or most) of the pieces, and because thousands of people pass through it every week — including senior Ohio administrative leaders and directors.

Of course, not every venue can handle the whole show — and it is possible to show it in subgroups.  If your gallery or public space is interested, just hit “get involved“.


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Addicted people still have hopes and dreams.  This is Joey, and what getting free of his heroin addiction would mean to him.  Please go to GET INVOLVED and help made a full documentary of this project a reality. The documentary is for use in rehab and prevention programs.   We need between $8,000 and $10,000 to make the documentary.  Please help!

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Nearing the finish …

As of 9/1, Faces of Addiction stands at the 80% mark.  We need another 10 volunteers, and we’re there!  We’re looking for persons living within 50 miles or so of Cincinnati.  Demographically, we need more persons of color and more younger persons.  We’d especially like to find people who have been in recovery for a while and who are prospering.  At the other end of the spectrum, we’d like to talk with young people who have just realized that they are addicted.

We are also seeking funding for a 23-minute version of the Faces of Addiction documentary movie by Ron Harper.  This will be used in both rehab and prevention programs.  We need $8,000 to $10,000 for the documentary, so contributions are really needed.


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Even artists go on vacations

But when vacation’s over, it’s time to get to work.  Faces of Addiction needs 15 more photo subjects. We are looking for active drug users, as always. But we REALLY need people who have been in recovery for 3 or more years and who are finding success in their lives. We’d like to share your story!

Seeking former addicts who have become counselors, rehab operators, or have found other ways to help the addicted to better their lives.

All told, Faces of Addiction needs 15 more portrait volunteers to complete the first phase of the project.  Please, reach out to use through this site or directly to

We need to hear from you!

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Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars! The Faces of Addiction gallery show will open January 16, 2019 at Christ Church Cathedral South Gallery in downtown Cincinnati.  And thanks again to Christ Church Cathedral whose generosity has made it possible to print, frame and mount this ambitious show.  Well done, Mike Phillips et al! The show will consist of between 40 and 50 large-size portraits and life stories. A high-quality printed book of the entire set will be available at the show.

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