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Steven

Congratulations to everyone who contributed to tonight’s episode of the ABC’s #youcantaskthat on prescription substance use disorders.
There are few crueller, and more complex, diseases in this world than prescription substance use disorders. No one is immune. It often strikes when we are already on our knees, and just when we can’t imagine life getting any worse.

It strikes our teenagers when they are only looking to be accepted and loved for who they are. It strikes the grieving widow who can’t sleep, police officers and soldiers who can’t forget, and survivors of abuse can’t unlive their pain. It strikes us when we lose a job, or lose a loved one and, most of all, it strikes us when we are lost, alone, and isolated.

It’s a disease deepened by shame, and precipitated by punitive laws. In fact, the best way to ensure that someone does not recover from substance abuse disorder is to handcuff their wrists, as if they weren’t in chains already.

It can’t be treated by one doctor, and it can’t be treated without the human right of a home.
The cost of not treating substance abuse disorders is far more than stamping them with the stigmas of addiction, like we do now. #stigmakills
Treating people with complex prescription use disorders isn’t just about saving lives; it’s about making sure that they can still have a good life. No one ever chooses to have such an affliction. Thank you to you all for sharing your stories.

Steven Bailey

Tanya

Timothy Joseph (TJ) Cravens 3rd
January 24, 1989 – Febuary 18, 2018
My son Tim struggled with his addiction for a long time. He was clean for almost 4 years and relapsed. He truly was a thoughtful, smart, giving, person and would give the shirt off his own back if someone needed it. He never got to be a father or get married or even have a drivers license. We miss him very much. We love you Timmy. . .

Suzanne

Jamie (Jameson Adam Rybak) – a wonderful big brother, son and friend. He had a heart of gold. He was loving and caring always worried about everyone, but not about himself. Jamie had a great sense of humor and a warm, loving smile. He loved playing golf and the beach. He was the person who always forgave others and tried to see the good in others. He is missed every day.

Angie

Michael Andrew Hampton
12/16/1991 to 2/6/2021
Son, there are so many things that I want to say. I love you and miss you more than any words that I can put on a piece of paper. Please know that I am really trying hard to move forward and honor your life. I will never be ashamed of who you were, you was so kind, loving and a heart of gold that we can only hope others have. I am pushing forward to help others that are battling this disease of addiction.
Your kindness, generosity and love of others is what keeps me going on the days that I want to give up. I think about watching you push forward and giving everything you had to stay sober. It only took 1 time for it to all end, but I know that you fought with everything you had.
I love you my baby boy Boo!!!

Bruce

Our son David died at 33. He struggled his entire life from severe learning problems all the while being the kindest. most generous and smartest kid you would meet. He turned to drugs as an adolescent and we got him the help he needed. Later he ended up in a Florida rehab and got hired there helping others. I recall when he came home he would never take no for an answer and got people placed. He terrorized insurance companies to pay out and made sure people got where they needed.

During the pandemic, my son relapsed after 10 years sober living. He needed to get to a meeting but none were there. People he supported hid the relapse. He needed to take care of himself but chose to care for others. I spoke to him the night he died and had no clue. He thought he was using heroin but it was fentanyl. He is part of this horrible epidemic now. My family will never be the same. His sense of humor lit up a room. He never got into legal troubles nor did he steal. He was a great kid and packed two funerals. Many people he helped came who barely knew him.

I hope to see him in heaven.

Chere

Aundrea Carissa Haas forever young and missed, an angel flying too close to the ground