Stop Stigma. Save Lives: The impact of empathy

Stop Stigma. Save Lives: The impact of empathy


Addiction is a really hard thing. I know there’s really conflict right? People think that it’s a choice whereas I think it’s more of a disease it’s a fight for that person. [music] To walk a mile in an addict’s shoes would go a long way. And not so much as to walk in their shoes, but to be beside them, to know what they’re going through, and why they’re at that point in their life. When people judge me for being a working girl, it hurts. They take one look at me and I know exactly. The reaction they get on their face is like: “Oh, gross” or “Oh, ew, look at her … she’s an addict, or she sells her body.” It hurts a lot. I’m a good person if they really got to know me, they’d really like me. [music] The way I’d like to be treated is with respect and dignity, and like a human being. Like everybody else gets treated instead of just looking at me and judging me for my addiction and my appearance and for being native. To be known as Jeremy, not “Jeremy the drug addict” or “Jeremy the thief” or whatever. [music] I think I would like to be treated how I treat others. I treat people with compassion and respect. Meet them where they’re at. Non-judgmental. [music] When you see injustices, when you see things that aren’t right, when you see that people are being treated poorly, If you can make a change for the better for anybody, I think we owe that to our community members. [music] We’re all made to love and care for people. Why can’t we show everyone – everyone – that love and care?

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