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The Mask Of Addiction

Medication Bottle: (Anonymous mask – Mental Health)
Liquor Bottle: (Anonymous mask – Mental Illness)
Crack Pipe: (Anonymous mask – Mental Disorder)
Caption: Is it time to unmask addiction?

Helping A Fellow Advocate with Some Serious Funny

Chato Stewart is one of those gems you find when Googling for information for this newsletter. He opened himself up to me recently. Turns out, this guy has some real insight and we could all learn something from his path and his laughter. – Voice of HOPE  9/2011

We have been Facebook friends ever since.

I want to thank The Voice of HOPE up in Ontario, Canada for giving me the opportunity to share my cartoons in their quarterly newsletter. The above- Mental Health Humor cartoon is from the Over-Medicated series and was published in the March issue.

I got a message from my Facebook pal and Editor of the Voice of HOPE. In the pas,t she has published a few cartoons but this time she was looking for a subject matter that I wanted to add more to in my cartoon collection. She asked:

Our next issue is on addictions and wondering if you had anything along that line…

It’s just a hard subject to draw and be funny since it’s so serious.  Ah-ha! but that is WHAT the Mental Health humor cartoons are meant for – a way to open or lead into serious topics in a whimsical yet provoking way without invoking too much negativity. It’s a tight rope walk…good thing, I will have a lot of time to think about this cartoons I thought to myself.  As I IM’ed:

Chato Stewart: “okay – what is the deadline?

Editor: “Hey buddy… week sometime???”

Chato Stewart: “Sure I say… and I get to Drawing!”

Here is a chart that lists all the Commonly Abused Drugs. In the cartoon, I just focus on three…I’m a cartoonist not a miracle worker!


The Voice of HOPE  March 2015 Ca

“Their mission is to nurture hope and discovery by supporting the recovery journey of people affected by mental health and/or addiction challenges.”

The Voice of HOPE Newsletter March 2015
Penetanguishene Ontario Canada







National Institute on Drug Abuse. Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs Chart Retrieved from on March 5, 2015

The Mask Of Addiction

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2015). The Mask Of Addiction. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 21, 2019, from


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