“There is no face of addiction.” That’s what Heather Jenkins, Faces of Addiction volunteer #34 told me yesterday. “It doesn’t have a face. I am well-spoken and well-written. I look OK. But my brother has scabs all over his face, never gets a haircut. We’re both addicts. Addiction can be anyone, anywhere.”
That’s the point of this project – to engage people so that they realize that addiction is an individual human problem. Yes, it’s enormous, but it’s composed of vivid, interesting, often intelligent, suffering individuals.
Once you experience that truth, you won’t go back to pretending addiction is somebody else’s problem. And creating that knowledge so that it is immediate, and real, and personal is what this project is all about.
Thanks, Heather, for putting it so clearly. We’ll post your story and your photo as soon as possible.