Addiction Series

‘Addiction in the Family’ – A series of 6 B&W; posters funded by the NEA in 1995-96

One of the earliest positive indications of CCfH’s empowerment through art and design came as a result of a grant received from the National Endowment Arts in 1994. The first of several NEA awards, this Design Arts grant helped to fund the CCfH original poster series shown on this page.

The “Addiction in the Family Series,” as it was titled, was designed to visually demonstrate the horrific impact that addictions – specifically to drugs, alcohol, and gambling – can have on the family. The powerful photos shot for the series incorporated real-life scenarios and included multi-cultural family members of all ages, from very young children to the elderly.

By the time the series had been completed, the impact of addiction on families as well as the communities they lived in was well documented as follow-up evaluations showed extremely high retention rates. Several images from the series were later mounted in transit kiosks throughout Connecticut, thus increasing audience exposure and intensifying the yearlong campaigns impact.

Jail – 1995: This was the first in a series of six images commissioned through a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts which allowed CCfH to expand more fully into social issues beyond AIDS. The addiction series was created to convey the reality that one person’s addiction can destroy all those around him, effectively “imprisoning” entire families and communities.
Open Refrigerator – 1995: This bleak image conveys how tragically a parent or guardian’s addiction can impact the children in the family.
Elderly Fear – 1995: Like many serious social maladies, addiction knows no age boundaries. This poster depicts the predatory nature of addiction in its effect on older people.
Gambling – 1996: This eerie, disturbing twilight zone piece offers a stark and unnerving view of how time can be stopped for those close to gambler, particularly when they are somehow dependent upon the addict.
Sex and Drugs – 1996: What our children see is too often what they do. Nowhere is the damage done to children living in an environment of drug and sexual addiction more clearly represented than here, where the children’s window provides a tragic, twisted view.
Entombed – 1996: This final poster in the addiction series summarizes the entire message in a startling display of how utterly and irrevocably addiction can lock up our children with us today, and bury us tomorrow.2