#NOJUDGMENT #NOGUILT #NOADDICTION
About Joshua's Peace
On December 6, 2019, Joshua Broadhurst accidentally overdosed after a quick and vengeful relapse. His loss is felt deeply by his family and those who knew him to be a quiet, humble, golden-hearted boy.
Josh was funny, loving, kind and compassionate.
A disciplined lifter, despite his Hulk-like muscles, his true strength was inside - it was the self-determination it took to battle addiction and its uncontrollable cravings; for this difficult feat, he was our hero.
Addiction, as it does, changed the way his brain worked, it is a disease so misunderstood, and so often spoken about in hushed tones, in the shadows of embarrassment, guilt and judgment.
We need to shine a light of love on the disease of addiction. We need to speak openly about its devastation, its frustration and our fears.
This disease does not discriminate.
It can put its deadly grip on anyone, anywhere at anytime.
Worse, when caught in its throes, addiction can break many lives, tearing apart families, friendships and even communities.
We must put an end to this vicious cycle. According to the CDC, on average 130 Americans die everyday from an opioid overdose. And since 1999, almost 1 million Americans have died from a drug overdose.
People who care, especially parents, do everything they can to "save" those who are struggling. It is a valiant, loving effort. But the challenge is only those struggling can truly save themselves. Still, we can do much to improve the environment that helps to provide healing and recovery - and peace for those struggling, and for families and those who care so much for their struggling loved one.
Josh did not want to use, he hated who he was when he was under its influence. And he never wanted anyone else to suffer like he did.
Joshua's Peace, a charitable non-profit, tax-deductible 501c3, run by his family, will invest in organizations, programs, services and people who are making a difference to help educate, advocate and innovate in the areas of prevention, treatment and recovery.
In the end, only God could save Josh, and now his heavenly peace brings us some comfort. But his life was too short for us, and now through this foundation, it lives on, humbly helping others, with compassion and in honor of Josh's loving, golden heart.
Joshua 1:9 "Here is what I am commanding you to do. Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go."
Joshua 21:44 "The Lord gave them peace all around them, just as He had promised their ancestors. Not one of their enemies was able to oppose them - the Lord placed all of their enemies under their control."
we will help struggling communities, kids and their families find answers and peace
THE STRUGGLE OF ADDICTION DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE
we must talk about it openly
Old perceptions of who suffers from addiction are wrong. Every community, all walks of life, across the street, and across our country, the disease is wreaking havoc and creating chaos for too many. As a community, and as a nation, we must do something - we need to take a stand to prevent our children from taking the first step toward drug use, and for those who are already struggling, we need to support solutions that emanate from a place of compassion and love.
LEAD WITH LOVE
open arms, open minds, open hearts
Addiction is such a devastating disease, it has the potential to ruin the lives of more than the individual who is suffering. Joshua's Peace is dedicated to changing the conversation about addiction. We are working to lift the discussion to help others understand the disease and its impacts, and to make it easier for confused, overwhelmed parents and those suffering from addiction, to seek help in an environment of love and compassion.
OUR FOCUS AND AMBITION
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We have big dreams at Joshua's Peace. We wish for a world where drugs don't steal away our children and addiction doesn't kill. We wish for a world where love and compassion can always beat the disease of addiction. We wish for a world where stigma and discrimination are uncommon, and tolerance and understanding are commonplace. Though we have big dreams, we know nothing can be achieved without taking the first step - even if it is a baby step. Making a difference in one person's life is success for us and a blessing, indeed. But we hope we can encourage even more. With your help, we can. Our aspirations are to focus on:
EDUCATION & PREVENTION
Education and intervention about the dangers of drugs must start early to prevent children from experimenting. Invest in and develop programs and outreach with new urgency starting with elementary and middle schools, service organizations, churches and houses of worship, athletics and clubs, to reach as many children as possible.
Outreach to media and purveyors of pop-culture to begin changing the cultural acceptance of drug use, and its portrayal of use without risk.
SUPPORT & TREATMENT
Provide opportunities to develop innovative support programs that better engage young people who are in recovery.
Invest in best practices to provide support and ease of navigation for parents and families.
embrace technology to develop innovative services to those in recovery.
advocate for treatment options that focus on the success of the patient, not simply the goals of insurance companies.
EMPLOYERS & BUSINESS
Engage employers and businesses who are willing to go beyond providing health insurance - places of employment can be strong advocates of change by creating safe environments for people struggling, or family members, and sharing a point of view with stakeholders in government, the business community and their customers.
Create an employment safety net for the unique challenges of employees or family members suffering from the disease of addiction.
HELP US GET STARTED
This is a startup foundation. Your support, which means everything to us, requires your trust. If you can be so moved, and trusting of our intentions, your support will help us to explore investment in programs and services that are making a difference, either existing programs or through the development of new initiatives.
As an incorporated 501(c)3 nonprofit, your contribution is tax deductible. Further, we invite your feedback and your volunteer efforts. Please share new and innovative ideas & best practices, and we will keep you closely apprised of our progress.