Hello, I’m Nick and I’m an addict. Welcome to the Open Discussion (OD) Movement. The sad reality is that nowadays almost everyone knows the story of some poor soul who fell under the spell of opioids. Once these drugs grab ahold of you they often never lose their grip. Resulting in broken homes, relationships in ruins, and lives destroyed. For ten years this struggle was my reality and it carried a high price in the form of divorce, loss of employment, drifting away from friends, money, and unbearable levels of self-loathing. On December 6, 2014 I bottomed out and nearly died from an overdose.
The encounter landed me in the intensive care unit for two weeks and was immediately followed up with a three month stint in rehab. While some semblance of normalcy returned to my life over the course of 2015 I noticed that not much changed in the grand scheme of things. Twelve step programs like AA and NA were helpful because they offered a sense of community but still I felt empty. In my heart I craved something more proactive, something that actively challenged the status quo. Plus I couldn’t stand the notion of anonymity because my mind it implied negativity or shame.
It was a feeling I cannot explain, I wasn’t sure exactly how I would do it, but I knew I had to do something to make a change. So in January 2018 I started Open Discussion Apparel as a vehicle for my message. I created the OD Movement to be a platform for people to share their unique experiences with addiction, both directly and indirectly, in order to promote an open dialogue. Today I am grateful for my struggles because they provided the path to my purpose. I work in Saginaw, MI with the organization Families Against Narcotics to combat the problem of drug abuse. My vision for OD, what I expect it to become, is bigger than me. Our mission is to change the dialogue around addiction, reassess the problem of drugs in society, and provide aid to those in need. It means the world to me that you’ve arrived at my very own little slice of the internet. It’s part blog, part podcast, and part products with the purpose of sharing experiences and creating awareness. Welcome to the OD Movement.