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It starts with listening

The Official site of Viacom's addiction initiative, offering resources to help turn addiction around and start the path to recovery.
It starts with listening
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America’s Struggle
with Addiction

Most of us know someone who's struggling with addiction. We also know that substance abuse is hard to talk about.

But it becomes much easier if we're willing to listen. With compassionate listening, we eliminate shame and stigma, we begin the healing process and we start together on the path toward a better place.

No shame

Shame. Stigma. Denial. These are roadblocks to recovery. But when you listen to someone dealing with an addiction, you can often help them overcome these feelings and find solutions.

Here’s the story of a streetside overdose, the shaming video that captured it and one woman’s path back from tragedy.