The White House drug policy director yesterday commended Chiara de Blasio, the 19-year-old daughter New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, for opening up about her struggles with depression and substance abuse and for her decision to seek treatment.
“Today, Chiara demonstrated tremendous bravery in speaking out about her recovery, and I applaud her and the entire de Blasio family for addressing this important public health issue,” Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy, said in a statement issued by the White House.
The statement came in response to a five-minute video released Tuesday by Bill de Blasio’s transition team in which Chiara disclosed her experience seeking treatment and encouraged an open conversation about mental health and drug and alcohol abuse.
“Chiara is giving a voice to the millions who suffer from substance use and mental health disorders, and we encourage others to join her,” Kerlikowske said. “By talking about addiction in the light of day – and by celebrating recovery out loud – we can help correct the misinformation and stigma that too often become obstacles for the millions of Americans who deserve to live healthy, productive lives.”
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