It's time for a compassionate conversation about drugs and addiction.
We want to change these numbers:
- 23 million Americans aged 12 or older need treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem. Only 11% percent receive it.
- Every day in the US, 2,500 youth abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time.
- As of 2011 more Americans now die from drug overdoses than in car accidents.
Change starts with open conversation. Change almost always starts at the table. This is a conversation for kids, parents, those in recovery, those still in the grip of addiction, people that have never taken a drug, folks that are passionate about the healing nature of substances, citizens that are interested in policy reform, even people who want the status quo to remain. It is our goal to inspire a million people within the next year to gather around the table and share a compassionate conversation about drugs and addiction.
Drugs Over Dinner is a toolkit to plan, host and moderate a conversation about drugs and addiction. We have gathered thoughtful and compelling homework and resources for your guests.
“We are such a fast-food culture, I love the idea of making the dinner last for hours. These are the conversations that will help us to evolve. The Huffington Post is excited to partner with Drugs Over Dinner to help expand this conversation from coast-to-coast and around the world.” – Arianna Huffington
“This is a chance for everyone – 8 to 80 years old – to engage in an open dialogue that I hope brings empathy and understanding to the face of addiction.” – Jamison Monroe, Founder Newport Academy and Co-Founder Drugs Over Dinner
“Humans need to feel connected in order to thrive, but at a very young age many of us experience an unnameable loss of connection. That loss can turn into a longing, and that longing can steer us down a path of deeper suffering. Coming around the table with loved ones to share in a “shame-free zone”, and to listen with a compassionate heart, allows us the possibility of nurturing the pain that is underneath the longing.” – Angel Grant, Teacher and Co-founder Drugs Over Dinner
“One thing our culture does well is: produce a lot of drug addicts. One thing it doesn’t do well: convene people around the dinner table and engage in difficult conversation. We’ve forgotten how to eat together.” – Michael Hebb, Founder Drugs Over Dinner