1. Of the $350 billion that is spent every year on addiction, 98% is spent on incarceration, rehab and other forms of treatment, while only 2 percent of those funds go towards preventing it.
  2. Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, said that helping other people stay sober helps him stay sober.
  3. The organization Faces & Voices of Recovery helped bring smaller advocacy groups together to discuss the language people in recovery use when talking about addiction, because they believe “how you share is just as important as what you share.”
  4. In 1976, a group of celebrities gathered in Washington D.C. for an event called Operation Understanding. Each of the celebrities at this event announced to the press that they were former alcoholics, in an attempt to end the stigma surrounding addiction.
  5. Some people believe that the tradition of anonymity for 12 step programs contributes to the stigma surrounding addiction, instead of protecting people from this stigma.
  6. Senator Herald Hughes founded the program SOAR in order to provide opportunities for people in long term recovery to come forward and advocate for those still struggling with addiction.
  7. The Bridge Way School is an addiction recovery high school in Philadelphia that offers therapeutic assistance and academic support specifically for students with a history of substance use.
  8. Advocacy groups successfully limited the stigma surrounding AIDS and HIV in the 1980s.
  9. Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. has a residence hall for students in recovery, as well as professional counseling services and academic support.
  10. When someone tries to go to rehab for a drug or alcohol addiction, they may have to wait several weeks to be admitted — but when someone is caught for drinking or doing drugs, they are immediately arrested for it.