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Unlike almost every other chronic disease, there is still a stigma associated with addiction.
Face It TOGETHER has to exist because to a lot of people who don’t understand the disease think that those who suffer from addiction are simply people making a choice to consume something that creates that harm.
Starting today, CBSNews.com is leading an addiction and recovery awareness campaign called #14Days on the Wagon. While an awareness campaign by a major news outlet is commendable, this campaign is a mile wide and an inch deep. It will be a highly visible publicity stunt with no connection to meaningful and sustainable solutions.
About 10% of the American adult population suffers from addiction, and 70% of those with the disease are employed. So employers have a vested interest in supporting addiction wellness in the workplace.
The authors of a new editorial in the academic journal “Substance Abuse” have proposed changes designed to do away with much of the stigmatizing language too often used in the addiction and recovery fields. These changes are long overdue. But they also missed an important opportunity.