Eradicating the stigma associated with addiction
Addiction is a disease, not a character flaw or moral failing. There’s a huge need to generate acceptance for people who have the disease of addiction; to free them from the shame that clings to the disease. Removing the stigma can encourage people who have the disease of addiction to seek help. It’s difficult to fight addiction, and no one should have to do it alone. People who are addicted deserve to be treated with respect, care, love, and concern by others, in the same way we care for anyone with a serious or chronic disease.
It is estimated that, on average, any person who dies from an overdose has 114 people in their lives who will be affected by their loss. Loving and accepting people with addiction can positively impact many more.