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Ken's Family's Support Made the Difference

Ken grew up in a family that believed that substance use disorder (SUD) was a personal weakness. It was viewed as a mark of shame, so it wasn't discussed.
Ken
Ken

Many Californians don’t talk about addiction in their families, and it can lead to social isolation for people with SUD, like Ken.

Ken’s family wasn’t sure how to support him while he was experiencing active addiction. They faced stigma within their culture, and it was difficult for them to talk about his SUD. 


Ken found a family at the Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP) that provided a sense of belonging and support. Today, his family at home is that support for him, too. 


The motivation and encouragement Ken receives from them really means something to him—it’s his favorite part of recovery. “They’re happy and proud to this day to see where I’m at and how far I’ve came along,” he says.  


Substance use disorder (SUD) can affect anyone in our lives—no matter their background or culture. 


#TogetherToEndStigma we can get the tools to talk about SUD, and our communities can help more people get access to care. We can get the support we need and learn we’re not alone. We can build families where people feel they belong.

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