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“Nobody should feel shame about being a victim of substance use disorder, and nobody should feel shame about going into recovery for it.” Those are the words of Gary Pratt, director of Rural Recovery and founder of Smash the Stigma 413, shortly after cutting the ribbon to officially open the South County Recovery Center, for which he is also the director.
EAGLE INVESTIGATIONS: As the opioid crisis turns as deadly as it has ever been, people touched by substance use disorder in the Berkshires have thrown themselves into the fight, working on keeping themselves and others alive. Helping people move toward “recovery,” however they define it.
Gary Pratt has felt the weight of addiction stigma — even inside the walls of a hospital.
GREAT BARRINGTON — For those suffering from all types of substance abuse, the Great Barrington Police Department is offering help through its …
NORTH ADAMS — A pandemic largely synonymous with loss has meant more serious mental health struggles for many, especially younger people.