End Stigma. Be Open about Recovery.
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 causes and outcomes, eliminate discrimination preventing care and help tackle the addiction crisis.
Addiction is a public health crisis. Yet the stigma associated has caused barriers to help. Given this reality, only a small fraction of the people who desperately need help find recovery, while 9 out of 10 people struggling with addiction are left without treatment.
Yet all across America, there are individuals who once battled addiction who now live healthy, happy and productive lives, in recovery. Instead of being esteemed as role-models, the stigma of addiction keeps them silent and invisible. This perpetuates the belief that addiction is shameful, recovery is elusive and treatment (if any) is crisis based intervention.
The discrimination and stigma associated with addiction has made it nearly impossible to identify who in our country is in recovery. Without the inspiration and know-how from those who have succeeded, how can we aspire to help more people find what is virtually invisible?
Being anonymous about membership in a fellowship or having discretion about with whom to discuss what it was like does not contradict with the value and importance of being open about one’s recovery.
The Power of OPEN Recovery
Having felt once silenced by shame for their addiction, people are now stepping forward to shatter negative stereotypes and demonstrate that they can live fully integrated, connected and vibrant lives – Open in Recovery. By doing so, we not only have sense of personal integrity and self-respect, we create paths and connections that offer new promises of possibilities for those still struggling.
In Open Recovery we share our experiences to shed light on what life is like today, and in doing so we remove barriers that prevent others from finding the help they need and deserve. Are you OPEN?