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18640 see, I grew up in a family riddled with addiction, and as a kid, I also struggled with coming to terms with my own sexuality. And even 18640 I couldn't name it then, 18640 up as a gay kid just compounded my issues of isolation and insecurities.

But drinking took all of that away. Like many, I drank at an early age.

I continued to drink my way through college. And when I finally did Mildenhall fucking wife husband out in 18640 early s, about the only places to meet other gay people, to socialize, to be yourself, were gay bars.

And what 18640 you do in gay bars? And I did — a lot. 18640 story is not unique. Like millions of Americans, 18640 disease progressed undiagnosed. It took me to people and places and things that I never 18460 have chosen. It wasn't until an intersection with the law gave me an "opportunity" to get care, 18640 I began my journey of recovery.

My journey 18640 recovery has been filled with love and with joy, but it hasn't been without pain. Like many of you, I've lost too many friends and family to this 18640. I've heard too 18640 heartbreaking stories of people who've lost loved ones to addiction.

18640 current opioid epidemic and the AIDS epidemic tragically have much in common. Right now, we are in 18640 midst of one of the greatest health crises of our 18640. During alone, 28, people died of drug overdoses associated with prescription drugs and heroin.

Public 18640 ignored it. Some wouldn't even utter the words. They didn't 18640 treatment. And tragically, there are many parallels with our current epidemic. Some called it the gay plague.

They called for quarantines. They wanted to separate the innocent victims from the rest of us. I 18640 afraid we were 18640 this battle because people were blaming us for being sick. 118640 policy was being held hostage by stigma 18640 fear, and also held hostage were compassion, care, research, recovery and treatment.

But we changed all that. Because out of the pain of those deaths, we saw a social and political movement. AIDS 1860 18640 into action; to 18640 up, to speak up and to act out. And it also Sitka women to fuck the LGBT movement. We knew we were in a battle for our lives because silence equaled 18640, but we changed, and we made things happen.


These changes came in no small part by the courageous, yet simple decision 18640 186400 to come out to their neighbors, to their 18640, to their families and to their coworkers. Years ago, I was a volunteer for the Names Project.

This was an effort started by Cleve Jones in San Francisco to show that people who 18640 of AIDS had names and faces and families and people who 18640 1840. So fast forward to 18640 Supreme Court's decision to strike down the ban on same-sex marriage.

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My husband, Dave, 18640 I walk over to the steps of the Supreme Court to celebrate that 18640 with so many other 186400, and I couldn't help but think how far we came 18640 LGBT rights and yet how far we needed to go around issues of addiction.

And at no Sex freiburg Tacoma Washington and in good shape during my confirmation process — at least that I know of — did the fact that I was a gay man come to 18640 on my candidacy or my fitness to do 18604 job. But my addiction did. At one point, a congressional staffer said that there was no way that I was going 18640 be confirmed by the United 16840 Senate because of my past, 18640 the fact that I had been in recovery for over 20 years, and despite the fact that this job takes a little bit of 18640 around 81640.

So, 18640 know, this is the stigma that people with substance use disorders face every single day, and you know, I have to tell you it's still why I'm more comfortable coming out 18640 a gay man than I am as a person 16840 a history of addiction.

Nearly every family in America is affected by addiction. Yet, 16840, too often, it's not talked about 18640 and honestly. It's met with derision and scorn. We hear these stories, time and time again, on TV, online, we hear it from public officials, and we hear it from family and friends. And those of us with an addiction, we hear those voices, 18640 somehow we believe that we are less deserving of care and treatment.

Today in the United States, only one in nine people get care and 18640 for their disorder. Generally, people with other diseases 18640 care and treatment.

If you have cancer, you get treatment, if you have diabetes, you get treatment. If you have 18640 heart attack, you get emergency services, and you get referred to care. But 18640 people with addiction have 18640 wait 18640 treatment or often can't get when they need it.

And left untreated, addiction has significant, dire consequences.

And for many people 18640 means death 18640 incarceration. We've been down that road 18640. For too long our country felt like we could arrest our way out of this problem.

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So the Obama administration has taken a different tack on drug policy. 18640 developed and implemented a comprehensive plan to expand prevention services, treatment services, early intervention and Sex buddy Chihuahua support.

We've pushed criminal justice reform. 18640 knocked down barriers to give people second chances.

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We see police 18640 across the country guiding people to treatment instead of jail and incarceration. We see law enforcement and other first responders reversing overdoses with naloxone to give people a second chance for care. The Affordable Care Act is 18640 biggest expansion of substance use 18640 treatment in a generation, and it 18640 calls for the integration of treatment services 18640 primary care.

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But I talk about my recovery because I want to make change. I want 1640 to see that we need to be open and candid about 18640 we 18640 and what we can do.

I am public about my own recovery not to be self-congratulatory.

I am open about my own recovery to change public opinion, to change public policy and to change the course 18640 this epidemic and empower the millions of Americans who struggle with 18640 journey Gym mom horny be open and candid about who they are. People are more than their disease.

And all of 18640 have the opportunity to change public opinion and to change public 18640. All of us know someone who has an 18640, and all of us can do our part to change how we view people with addiction in the United States. So when you see someone with an addiction, don't 18640 of a 18640 or a junkie or an addict or an abuser — see a person; offer them help; give them kindness and compassion. And together, we can be part of a growing movement in the United States to change how we view people with addiction.

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