Substance use disorders are not character defects but a chronic disease of the brain. Stigma is a form of rejection – and when people experience it while dealing with substance use disorders, they are less likely to seek help.
Choosing stigma-reducing language to talk about addiction benefits everyone – the medical community, lawmakers, the public, and most important – people seeking treatment.
Educate Yourself. Educate Others. End Stigma.
Michigan statistics on substance misuse:
2,591 people died from fatal overdoses in 2018 in Michigan – more than firearms and traffic accidents combined 1
In 2018, 78% of drug overdose deaths in Michigan involved at least one opioid 2
The rate of drug-related deaths in Michigan exceeds the national average 3
60% of Michigan adults have used alcohol in the past month 4
12% of Michigan youth partake in binge drinking 5
Between 2012 and 2017, more than 103 million opioid prescriptions were filled in Michigan 6
People Need Help, Not Shame
Download the Chances Are toolkit and share it with others.
The toolkit includes:
A glossary to promote stigma reduction through language
A cycle of stigma graphic
A guide to using people-first language
Selfie cards so you can show your support on social media with the hashtag #ChancesAreMI
The Chances Are campaign is a multi-county collaboration brought to you by the Bay County Prevention Network, the Huron County Health Department, List Psychological, Peer 360, and The Legacy Center.