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Katie Zaman and Annabelle Potvin
This is a true story based on Jessie’s journey through substance use disorder and recovery. Jessie developed an opioid use disorder when she needed pain pills for a back injury. When Jessie became pregnant with her second child, she tried to quit cold-turkey, but started again after he was born. She went to rehab, but wasn’t given information about medications for addiction treatment or harm reduction. She returned to use and started using heroin, which led to her husband kicking her out. Jessie’s use spiraled, and she became homeless, enduring assault and loss, until she finally ended up in jail. Jessie found strength in sharing her story and is now in long term recovery, using her experiences to help others struggling with substance use disorder.
Utah State University
harm reduction, stigma, comic, opioid use disorder
Hakala, Jessie, "What I Hold Sacred" (2022). Telling Stories to Reduce Stigma: Comics and Harm Reduction. 5.
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