How Do You Change Your Language?
April 22, 2016•9 min
Melanie Haber works every day to remove the stigma of addiction and to make it easier for people to ask for help.Addiction affects 23.5 million Americans every year, yet only 11 percent receive the treatment they so desperately need. Why is this? While access and cost are barriers to treatment, public perception and stigma remain two of the biggest obstacles. The guilt, shame, judgment and isolation that can be felt by individuals struggling with addiction can make asking for help nearly impossible. Melanie Haber works every day to remove that stigma and to make it easier for people to ask for help. As the Vice President for Brand Development at Recovery Brands, Melanie is on the front lines in the push to change the language you use when talking about treatment. Melanie shares her experiences and provides some much needed guidance on how you can all play a role in changing the conversation and empowering people to get the help they want and need.