My first night back in Ohio I slept on a love seat.

Nate picked me up from the airport. It was late and he was one of the only people who knew where I’d been. Actually, if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be coming back at all.

I’d been…

Walter and Cathy. So much love.

Cathy’s son Walter was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. During a Mental Health crisis, Cathy called 911 for help. Armed officers came four times, laughing at Walter’s behavior before finally shooting him dead in the street in front of his family and friends. …

Family, friends and neighbors, we’re in this together.

My name is Jay Shifman and I’m ten years in recovery from an Addiction that almost ended my life. That experience taught me something: it’s true when they say it’s always darkest before the dawn. Like my brother in the struggle James…

I’ve never met an addict that wasn’t fighting it in some way. Addiction is a destructive illness that divorces parts of the brain from itself and suspends the sufferer in a constant state of self-battle, like a person continuously drowning who can reach the surface just long enough to elongate…

Jay Shifman

Vulnerable Storyteller ∞ Choose Your Struggle Podcast Host ∞ Stigma-Destroying Public Speaker https://jay.campsite.bio/

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