Recovery Messaging: Know the Facts

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Global research shows that the general public consistently holds stigmatizing views and beliefs of people living with substance use disorders. These views have a huge effect on people’s views of themselves, their ability to recover, and on policymakers’ decisions around whether and how to support recovery. Knowing the facts will help you craft effective messages to meet the goals of your storytelling.​

Normalize recovery

  • Surveys continue to show that there are more people who are in recovery than people who have a substance use disorder.
  • Collective research shows that most people find recovery

At a glance

In the U.S. alone:

  • Over 20 million are living with substance use disorder 1
  • 22.3 million identify as being in recovery (1 in 10 adults)