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At the core of the Unshame California campaign are the thousands of Californians impacted by substance use disorder. They are our parents, siblings, children, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. These are their stories.

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Robert & Venita

Positive change is possible when we support a friend or family member with substance use disorder (SUD). More...


Danny and his wife Kathy owned a gourmet grocery store in Sacramento together. When Kathy died from a mental health condition and substance use disord… More...

Robert & Venita

MAT (Medications for Addiction Treatment) gave Venita the freedom to live her life again. More...

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