Addiction stigma plays a key role in tens of thousands of substance use-related deaths each year. Stigma keeps people from seeking treatment, creates social isolation, and prevents the use of life-saving medications.
Public Stigma: Public stigma is society's negative attitudes toward a group of people, creating an environment where people feel unwelcomed, judged, and blamed.
Less than 50% of Americans are willing to have a person in recovery from a substance use disorder marry into their family.
Structural Stigma: Structural stigma includes systems-level discrimination caused by institutional policies and/or dominant cultural norms.
88% of Americans believe employers should provide opportunities for a person with a substance use disorder to seek treatment and stay employed.
Self-Stigma: Self-stigma happens when people internalize society’s stereotypes and experience low self-esteem.
46% of Americans with an opioid use disorder expressed feeling ashamed of themselves.
Stigma Against MOUD: Medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) is an effective, clinically proven treatment that helps people in their recovery. People recover differently – one way people recover is with MOUD.
74% of Americans agree more healthcare providers should offer MOUD.
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