Since 2009, Live4Lali has been providing advocacy, education, support, and harm reduction programming and services to communities across the Chicago suburbs. Known for its leadership in the addiction and overdose crisis movement, Live4Lali has been a force for change.
Live4Lali’s headquarters is located just 30 minutes from Chicago in the suburb of Arlington Heights, IL. Its close proximity to the epicenter of the U.S. drug trade has created a unique local crisis. Its founders, Jody Daitchman and Gary Laliberte, and their daughter, Live4Lali's Executive Director, Chelsea Laliberte lost their son/brother Alex to a polysubstance overdose of opioids and benzodiazepines on December 15, 2008. Out of their pain and desire to make an impact, they partnered with Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy to develop a data-driven, comprehensive approach addressing community systems, impacted individuals and families, and the broader public.
Live4Lali’s mission is to reduce stigma and prevent substance use disorder among individuals, families, and communities, and minimize the overall health, legal and social harms associated with substance use. We envision a world in which we prevent substance use disorder when we can and offer compassionate support to reduce harms among individuals, families, and communities when we cannot.