Disrupting Stigma to Strengthen Recovery!
Addiction is a public health crisis. Yet the stigma of addiction causes shame and discrimination, which become barriers to care. Given this reality, only a small fraction of the people who desperately need help will find recovery, while 9 out of 10 people struggling with addiction will be left without treatment.
Yet, all across America, there are individuals who once battled addiction and now live healthy and productive lives, in recovery. Instead of being admired and sought out to inspire others, the stigma of addiction continues to keep them silent and invisible. This perpetuates the belief that addiction is shameful, recovery is elusive and treatment (if any) is focused on crisis intervention and short-term behavioral change — rather than long-term health and wellness.
The discrimination and stigma associated with addiction has made it nearly impossible to identify who in our country is in recovery. Without role-model, what can we aspire toward?
Center for Open Recovery (COR) is leading the charge to end the stigma of addiction by empowering people in recovery to step out of the shadows of shame, shift the public’s understanding about outcomes and help tackle this health crisis.
Through bold initiatives in education, advocacy, and transformative personal experiences in community, COR is mobilizing ‘Open Recovery’ – as a social justice movement, a positive recovery identity and a paradigm-shift, as an affront to the stigma of addiction. Open Recovery inspires, supports and demands change in the ways we respond to addiction in the Bay Area and beyond.
The Power of OPEN Recovery
Those once silenced by stigma, are empowered to step forward and live fully integrated, connected and vibrant lives. By doing so they not only experience more joy and connections — they offer new hope, dignity and possibilities for those still struggling. Open Recovery is a movement, a framework and a way of life. It is time for people in recovery to step out of the shadows of shame, to use our voices and share our stories to end the stigma and inspire others to find what we know is possible…recovery.