- Addiction affects about 2/3 of American families, so everyone is or has been in contact with someone who is struggling with addiction.
- The origin to de-stigmatize addiction started in the 1960s but took a back seat to the War on Drugs in the early 1970’s.
- Colleges and universities do you have collegiate recovery housing for students in long-term recovery.
- The first 12 step program came about in 1935.
- Addiction is about a $350 billion industry in the majority of that funding goes to incarceration and inside of rehabilitation.
- Drug related crimes in the U.S. count for roughly 16% of the incarcerated population within State penitentiary’s.
- People that live in long term recovery often do so in silence because of all the negative connotation that are associated with addiction and recovery.
- The only to change public policy is to change the publics perception of addiction and to better fund to recovery efforts.
- Advocacy groups in the 1980s successfully diminish the stigma surrounding AIDS and HIV.
- The language we use is incredibly important to advocate for recovery. No one likes to be described as a alcoholic or junkie thats why using “long term recovery” is very important we should be focusing on recovery.
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