Her son’s death led to her opiate addiction. Now this nurse helps other recovering addicts
Authored by Ken Redmile
“It is my deepest shame for my recovery. And that’s why it is something I am so open about,” Casalini said. “If I find the strength within me to be open and honest and vocal about the absolute deepest, darkest, grossest depths of my addiction – I want others to recognize how free it can be.”
The 30-year-old coaxes her patients to talk about their battles with substance use disorder with the same level of “rigorous honesty,” as she calls it, and grace, as a nurse case manager at Recovery Centers of America in Indianapolis. She tries to level with them. She has a felony record, too. She knows the deep feelings of guilt that come with addiction.
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