Historically, the addictive process has gained increasing professional and public awareness as do many matters of public health and safety by the outcry of mothers. A great example of this is MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) whose organization and efforts successfully challenged legislatures and courts to address the irresponsibility of driving intoxicated. The criminalization of driving under the influence of alcohol (and other substances as the legislation naturally evolved) set the stage for mandated treatment alongside penalties determined by repetition and severity.
Prevention, intervention and treatment for drug use has followed woefully behind alcohol. Drug users are clearly stigmatized as “something worse” than alcohol users, and deserving less attention due to their perceived “moral deficiency.” But now, mothers are emerging again as leaders for reform in the way we think about and approach drug use and addiction. Now, it’s mothers whose kid’s lives have been lost or compromised by drugs are leading the cause once again with the group Moms United to End the War on Drugs. A recent article about them published by NPR (National Public Radio) may be found at their website (http://n.pr/1S7fbAX)
David Petersen, LCSW, LAC, December 7, 2015