Some work days are different from others.
Last week, on the 80th anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, I had the privilege of being hired by the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy and the Christie Foundation to photograph their Preventing Opiod Deaths Among Young People conference & panel discussion.
Recovering addicts, former models, congressmen/women & other activists all spoke about the state of America's drug epidemic. Tears filled the eyes of audience members and speakers alike.
Having lost far too many of my own loved ones to overdose an abuse, it was an especially moving day for me on a personal level. There are times when I feel fortunate to have a lens between me and the world so that I can feel slightly more detached- this was one of those times.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, there is help available. Learn more at www.hazeldenbettyford.org or call their helpline at 1-866-831-5700.
A special thank you goes to my dear friend, Jeanette Cleland for all of her work to make this event happen.
Video of the event is also available here, provided by Studio BDC.