Former President Bill Clinton delivered a message of realistic optimism to attendees. Because addiction is affecting every demographic in every state, it has become a nonpartisan issue that Americans can rally around.
Discard the messaging about mental illness. We don’t really know what we are talking about if the assumption about illness is that we know biological causes. We should go in another direction. Mental health should be more highly valued.
There are words that addiction professionals agree should be banned from the lexicon of healthcare stakeholders. In light of the CDC uproar, we have a renewed opportunity to again advocate for a ban on stigmatizing words.