Our members share their lives, concerns, challenges, and fears with one another, to gain support and work together to find solutions. The impact of stigma, self-stigma, and fear of stigma act as barriers to people seeking support. It contributes to hidden shame and affects individuals and families alike. We want to be a part of changing this.
As a leading lived experience recovery community in Wales, our members want to share our message of hope and understanding to challenge the stigma surrounding alcohol/drug misuse and recovery and its often unintended consequences.
Together, through the power of lived experience, we will raise awareness and challenge stereotypes. We will show that change is possible, encourage people to seek support, and reduce the fear and shame individuals and their families experience.
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Share the stories behind the stereotypes
Highlight how and why problems develop, recognising trauma
Share the hope and tools of recovery
Create activities and events locally and increase our training
Create a pledge for organisations and employers
Work with individuals and their families to fight the stigma within
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To increase awareness, reducing the feelings of shame and judgment people in or seeking recovery feel, as well as their families
To empower people to seek support if they are experiencing problems
To create working environments in which people can recover and thrive
To inform and empower healthcare providers to more confidently support people with alcohol and drug problems
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Raise awareness about the real lives, stories, challenges, and situations behind alcohol and drug misuse. Share the solutions, hope, and impact of change and recovery.
Enable people to understand the impact of their beliefs, words, and actions. Inspire people to think and act proactively and positively towards people in addiction and recovery. Empower individuals and their families to have self-compassion and hope.
Explore together opportunities to reduce stigma and create environments in which people can recover as:
- Health and social workers
- Family members