Lisa Gray’s 24-year-old son, Jordan, died from an overdose in 2018. She found her son in a van outside her home. At that moment, she promised her son she would continue to fight for help for people battling addiction because it’s a disease that’s claiming so many young lives. As a mom, she feels her purpose now is to educate families.
Fighting the Stigma
She wants families to know that addiction is a disease, and there is treatment available. Sometimes it can be hard to find the resources you need because in many areas they are scarce.
Her organization, A Promise to Jordan, is dedicated to her son. The website links families to important resources to get the help they need. Education, she says, is an important piece of the struggle. People in Connecticut can learn more about the disease of addiction through her websites and special seminars her group offers.
Teaching Families Harm Reduction
In addition to the information on addiction, A Promise to Jordan also does important training to spread awareness to families in her local community. She helps people learn how to administer Narcan in case of a drug overdose and does trainings on mental health interventions with people who may be suicidal.
They also spread awareness of the connection between ADD/ADHD and substance use disorders.
Giving to the Recovery Community’s Families
People who are in treatment also benefit from A Promise to Jordan volunteers. For families in residential treatment centers, there is a holiday drive for families every Christmas. The organization also often brings special holiday meals to treatment centers as a form of outreach.
They also host seminars for families to help them learn about the importance of understanding drug use and doing interventions that can coax a family member into treatment. Using the CRAFT model, her organization says it takes roughly 7 therapy sessions to get a loved one to agree to residential treatment. Of course, it’s all worth it, especially during a time that addiction can mean life or death.
She wants people to know they are not alone, and there is help available in Connecticut and elsewhere.