Words are among the most powerful weapons at our disposal. They have the potential to heal, inspire change, nourish our souls, and, ultimately, mold society's perceptions.
But they also have the power to cause irreparable harm.
Addict. Junkie. Druggie. Thief. Bum. Loser. In an instant, a single word can label a person with an unjust stereotype and perpetuate the vicious cycle of stigma.
Addiction affects 23.5 million Americans every year. Sadly, only 11 percent receive the treatment they so desperately need. While access and cost are barriers to treatment, public perception and stigma remain two of the biggest obstacles.
The path toward a more accepting tomorrow must start today. And it starts by changing the way we talk about addiction.
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