Generational Trauma

MPM in Spare Change Newspaper

MPM in Spare Change Newspaper

When Michael Patrick MacDonald walks down ‘methadone mile’ he sees a familiar story among the addicts and panhandlers.

“Most people down there come from places like I come from,” MacDonald said. Places of “poverty” and “trauma.”

MacDonald grew up in the Old Colony housing projects during the height of the cocaine epidemic in the 80’s. In his best selling memoir, All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, he recounted the “hundreds, upon hundreds, upon hundreds of deaths” caused by the drug trade that Whitey Bulger brought into his neighborhood.

Bulger is now in federal prison serving multiple life sentences for the murder of 11 people. But for many of the families MacDonald grew up with, addiction is a prison of its own.