National Addictions Awareness Week 2022: The Importance of a Caring Community – FNHA

Nov 21, 2022

A message from Richard Jock, FNHA CEO; and Dr. Nel Wieman, FNHA Deputy Chief Medical Officer

For this year’s National Addictions Awareness Week, we want to spotlight the potentially life-saving importance of caring about, empathizing with, and helping people who are struggling with addictions – as well as these people’s families.

Only by collaborating as a caring community can we collectively make change happen. When it comes to addiction, which some addiction experts describe as “the opposite of connection,” this is especially true. People experiencing problems with substance use (and their families, who are also affected) need people who care about them and accept them all as they are and where they’re at, without shaming or blaming them. Acceptance and compassion are vital to the healing journey. Eliminating stigma is a critical part of the process. ​Stigmatizing leads people to hide their use and use alone, which puts them at a high risk for an overdose.

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