In Authority Magazine’s series “Heroes Of The Addiction Crisis,” Paramount’s recovery specialist Dominic Chianese, Jr. sat down for an interview to discuss his many years of experience as a recovery coach, drug addiction as an epidemic, and the people his initiative has had a great impact on.
Authority Magazine (AM):
“Is there a particular story or incident that inspired you to get involved in your work with opioid and drug addiction?”
Dominc Chianese Jr. (DC):
“Once I had my turning point, I was gifted with the ability to reach people. I am humbled by this ability and it came about organically. I feel I was called to do this, by no great decision of my own. Quite frankly, I was thrown into this field by people who believed in me. I have since learned from everyone I have worked with along the way, most importantly by the individuals who have allowed me to be of service to them.”
Can you share three things that the community and society can do to help you address the root of this problem? Can you give some examples?
Erase the stigma.
Make treatment more accessible.
Educate the population on the nature of addiction and recovery.