- Addiction is a chronic disease, not a moral failing.
- Addiction affects ⅔ of American families, with over 23 million families living in long-term recovery.
- We must change public perception in order to change public policy and receive proper funding for health systems/recovery resources. Ex: Those who are relapsing are not treated the same as those who are diabetic and need help from the ER.
- People are often punished and incarcerated for drug use/possession, rather than provided resources for treatment.
- Persons in recovery are silent about their condition due to social stigma, discrimination, and negative mass media depictions.
- Speaking with others who are also in recovery is a helpful treatment approach.
- There are only seven colleges in the United States that offer sober living dorms for students in recovery.
- You can still talk about recovery while following the guidelines and traditions of anonymity.
- People in recovery are labeled with derogatory names like drunks, junkies, crackheads, dope fiends, etc. The language used creates a negative mental picture for most people, and assumes that those in recovery are not more than those names suggest.
- The media and public should focus more so on recovery and not the addiction itself.
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