Wasted: Exposing the Family Effect of Addiction | Sam Fowler | TEDxFurmanU

Addiction is a "family disease" that impacts each member. Denial, stigmatization, anonymity allow the darkness to stay hidden. Love, support and openness allows a family to be vulnerable and thrive.
Addiction is a "family disease" that impacts each member. Denial, stigmatization, anonymity allow the darkness to stay hidden. Love, support and openness allows a family to be vulnerable and thrive.

After her brother was diagnosed with the disease of addiction, Sam Fowler and her family had to change the way they lived their lives.

In her talk, she tells about her experiences suffering from “the family disease.”

Sam addresses the corrosiveness of stigmatizing the disease and hiding it by being anonymous.  She wants to shine a light on addiction, bring it out into the open and allow those impacted, the addict and the family, to have the courage to be vulnerable.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community

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