Addictions Don’t Discriminate is an in-person interactive exhibit in Edmonton, Alberta, that takes participants on the journeys of real people whose lives have been impacted by addiction.
The exhibit is designed to inspire understanding, empathy and action.
No one is destined from birth to develop an addiction. So why will approximately 6 million Canadians find themselves experiencing addiction at some point in their lives, while others can use substances without their use becoming problematic?
Addiction is often seen as a moral failing or character flaw, but research shows that like many chronic illnesses, there is a combination of genetic, developmental, social, and environmental factors that influence a person’s lived experience and their likelihood of developing an addiction.
Addiction is a common term used to describe the problematic use of a substance to the point where it greatly interferes with someone's life, and continues in spite of negative consequences.
Meet the Storytellers
Through the power of storytelling, this exhibit offers a glimpse into the complex world of addiction, uncovering the human experience that lies beneath the statistics and stigma. Six unique stories, showcased in connection to one another, push us to look beyond someone’s substance use and into the lived experience of each individual with empathy and compassion, to help us understand that Addictions Don’t Discriminate.
Nicole is a loving, caring mother of six. At a young age Nicole began using substances to cope with the effects of intergenerational trauma passed through her family. Today she is a hopeful woman who is motivated by her connection to others, to faith, and to the Creator.