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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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Ryan and Cassondra

Cassondra and Ryan are no strangers to experiencing stigma around their substance use disorder (SUD). More...


Amber's son, Dreason, had the brightest smile, and he'd always light up the room. More...


Bryant shares how educating himself and those around him has helped reduce the stigma of blame. More...

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