Saturday, April 26, 2014
People In Recovery From Substance Abuse Should Speak Out
At a forum in New Haven, Botticelli pointed out that there are 23 million Americans in recovery, the Associated Press reports. Despite all the resources available for recovering addicts, only about one in nine people with a substance use disorder receive treatment.
“We know that one of the biggest reasons people don’t ask for help is shame and denial,” he said. “We need to break that silence. We’ve done it with other diseases and we can do it with substance use and we can do it with recovery.”
Stigma and denial about substance abuse are obstacles to treating addiction, according Botticelli.
Botticelli has over 24 years of long-term recovery from addiction.