Awareness and Stigma Reduction

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.