Despite addiction being a chronic health issue costing our Nation over $600 billion annually, our healthcare system uses an acute care approach that sets up most people in recovery to fail. Rather than viewing addiction as a public health issue, our system too often sees it as a public safety issue, trying to arrest and punish its way out of a disease. Our system’s response to addiction makes no sense until we realize that addiction continues to be one of the most stigmatized health conditions in the US.
Awareness and stigma reduction is key to building and funding the system of services that support individuals initiating and learning to sustain long term recovery.
- Language Matters – Research shows that the language we use to talk about addiction impacts the quality of care people receive and policies that are written.
- Recovery Out Loud – Through our social media campaigns (facebook, youtube, podcast), merchandize (shirts), film screenings (The Anonymous People), and Recovery Academy trainings, we support individuals who choose to live their recovery out loud.
- Recovery Celebrations – RecoveryPeople is a National Recovery Month Planning Partner and a Facing Addiction Action Network Partner. Moreover, we have supported, promoted, and/or participated in a number of celebrations and awareness days: Big Texas Rally for Recovery, Recovery in the Park, International Overdose Awareness Day, Concert to Face Addiction, Recovery Capital Conference of Canada and many more.