An Article by Ashley CEO Becky Flood Has Been Featured in The Baltimore Sun
In line with our community outreach efforts, we are proud to report that Ashley Chief Executive Officer Rebecca “Becky” Flood recently had an op-ed piece featured in our local newspaper, The Baltimore Sun. The purpose of the article was to inform the public about the devastating effects of the national addiction epidemic and propose viable solutions.
Founded in 1837, The Baltimore Sun is the largest daily circulation newspaper in the great state of Maryland. The paper circulates approximately 200,000 copies Monday through Saturday and about 343,000 on Sunday.
Flood’s article was featured in a Wednesday edition. It will be available online indefinitely. We appreciate the opportunity to reach such a wide audience through the power of the written word.
Many readers of The Baltimore Sun struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. And, there is an untold number of family members who desperately want to see their loved one get the help they need for a substance use disorder. We are confident that the information shared in Flood’s article had a positive impact on those who needed to hear it.
Highlights From Flood’s Article That Are Worth Repeating
In her article, “Drug Addiction is a Serious Epidemic, Why Don’t We Treat it Like One?,” Flood addresses the dangers of the social stigma surrounding those who are afflicted with a substance use disorder.
“Despite becoming one of the most serious epidemics of our time, drug addiction is still wildly misunderstand by the public, the victims are still wrongfully criminalized by the court of public opinion, and public policies are doing little to treat or even soften the spread of this disease,” Flood wrote in her article.
She continued, “Those suffering with addiction are unfairly persecuted by the stigma against the disease, a stigma that is sewn heavily with misinformation. To this day, it is still treated as a personal failure despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.”
Flood also touched on the critical time our country faces in wake of the opioid epidemic. She suggests that there has never been a greater need for newer research and bigger conversations around the disease of addiction. According to Flood, effective research efforts are key factors in slowing the progression of the disease of addiction among the American population.
“The total number of deaths from substance use overdose in 2017 was over 70,000 and has been growing year over year” Flood wrote. “Compare that to the roughly 35,000 deaths from drug overdoses in 2007; it’s deeply disturbing that the number has doubled in just 10 years. We have an epidemic on our hands, but instead of doing everything in our power to fight this disease, we are instead working with research that is often a decade old.”
Flood closes her article by reminding the community, “It isn’t some stranger at risk of addiction, it’s the children in our own towns.”
Ashley is Proud to Be Part of the Solution
At Ashley, we are on the frontlines of the addiction epidemic, which has profoundly affected the greater Maryland area. We stand ready to assist individuals and their families in their fight to overcome the disease of addiction.
This is a dangerous disease – one that is chronic, progressive, and fatal if left untreated. We provide life-saving professional addiction treatment services here at Ashley on a full continuum of care.
We understand that in order to end the national addiction epidemic, we are tasked with saving one person at a time. At Ashley, our patients undergo a healing process that allows them to get their lives back on track. Equipped with the necessary tools, those who come to Ashley learn how to live and enjoy a sober lifestyle.
We Appreciate Comments and Feedback on Flood’s Article on the Maryland Newspaper
In a time where addiction is everyday news, we sometimes forget the local heroes who serve each day to combat this growing problem. Ashley has a long history of heroes who fight the good fight daily. Becky Flood just so happens to be one of those local heroes.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Flood has raised three children. She has been an activist for recovery since her teens when she got sober. She has a unique perspective on the addiction problem because she has experienced its devastating consequences firsthand.
We are proud to have Flood as our chief executive officer and we look forward to continuing to work alongside her in her efforts to educate the community.
We encourage our alum, supporters, and staff to read her blog and leave comments and feedback. We hope this type of participation will spark an important conversation.
As a community, we simply MUST rally together to end addiction stigma and help addicted people and their families find freedom. This begins with an open dialogue about the American addiction epidemic. Becky Flood’s article is a great place to start.