The stigma of drug and alcohol hinders our work to create a healthier Arkansas. Labels such as “junkie,” “addict” and “druggie” damage individuals’ self-image and become barriers to seeking treatment.
Substance use disorders are not a choice. They are chronic diseases—similar to diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis. And like other diseases, they can be treated medically.
The mission of the Arkansas Stop Stigma campaign is to encourage individuals to examine their attitudes and adjust the language they use to talk about substance use disorders
The Stop Stigma campaign has produced a suite of products that you can share in your community. These products include videos, social media images, posters, buttons, and mirror cards.
|Addict, Drug abuse||Person with substance use disorder|
|Alcoholic||Person with alcohol use disorder|
|Drug problem, drug habit||Substance Use Disorder|
|Drug abuse||Drug misuse, Harmful use|
|Clean||Abstinent, Not actively using|
|Former/reformed addict/alcoholic||Person in recovery,
Person in long-term recovery