Asked and Answered: Conner’s Recovery Story

Today, the President commuted the sentences of 46 prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes many years — or even decades — ago. The message, at its heart, is clear: America is a nation of second chances, and these are Americans who deserve that second chance.

That’s incredibly personal for me.

Despite the fact that nearly every family and community in America is affected by substance use disorders, those fighting to overcome this disease are too often hidden in the shadows of shame or stigma. As a result, many do not get the treatment they need.

That’s why it is so powerful to hear the stories of Americans who — like me — are in recovery from substance use disorders.

I wanted to share one of those stories with you today.

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