National Recovery Month: Jack’s Story

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“I used to follow the signs on the highway to find a hospital, and I would fake an injury.”

Every day, we hear distressing news about the impact of the opioid epidemic on our communities and on our loved ones, but this month we are focusing on something positive—recovery.

Each year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) designates September as National Recovery Month, and we are encouraged to turn our attention toward stories of hope instead of despair.

Several courageous individuals recently shared their personal stories of opioid addiction and recovery with Harvard Medical School to inspire more healthcare providers to treat opioid use disorder patients. Jack’s story is the third of three inspirational patient videos we are sharing with you in recognition of National Recovery Month:

After 13 years in recovery, Jack Kelly is now the chief addiction policy advisor to the Boston City Council. and has a mobile app called iRecover which connects people with drug and alcohol use disorders to the resources they need for recovery help.


Jack’s story is part of HMS Global Academy’s Opioid Use Disorder Education Program—an accredited, free, online medical education program intended for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, and other healthcare professionals collaborating to treat patients with substance use disorder. We encourage you to click on the link above to learn more about the program, and to share this valuable resource with other healthcare providers.

Together, we hope to bring healing and recovery to our communities.


[View Shannon’s Story. View Bugzy’s story.]

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