Her son’s death led to her opiate addiction. Now this nurse helps other recovering addicts
“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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