Opioid Use Disorder
These portraits were created with the goal of reducing the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder.
The stigma associated with opioid addiction can cause people to feel isolated and hopeless. Many of these sitters know exactly how long they haven’t used and they work hard to stay that way, showing others that recovery is possible.
Not everyone affected by opioid addiction is able to turn their lives around. For those who died from opioid overdose, recovery is no longer possible.
These people were not less resilient or weaker in some way. Nor were they any less deserving of a second chance. They were human beings, who deserved love and acceptance – just like any of us.