It’s Time to Shatter the Stigma of Addiction—Beginning in the Doctor’s Office

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It’s time to shatter the stigma of addiction. Shatterproof is so excited to partner with Outcome Health to educate patients nationwide about this misunderstood disease.

It’s time to shatter the stigma of addiction. Shatterproof is so excited to partner with Outcome Health to educate patients nationwide about this misunderstood disease.

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation addiction causes families. The organization was founded in 2013 by businessman Gary Mendell, after he lost his son Brian to the disease.

21 million Americans live with a substance use disorder. Only 1 in 10 of those Americans will ever receive any form of treatment for their illness—and even fewer receive treatment that’s based on proven research. To turn the tide of our country’s addiction epidemic, we’ve got to get more Americans into better, evidence-based treatment.

That’s why Shatterproof is so excited to be partnering with Outcome Health on a new awareness campaign. Together, we’ll deliver facts about addiction directly to patients, in the environment where that information is most useful and appropriate: the doctor’s office. The educational resources deployed across Outcome Health’s nationwide platform will explain the science of addiction, include messages to break stigmas, and encourage patients to talk to their doctors about pain management options.

Shatterproof is working hard to transform the way addiction is treated in America—and we’ve had a lot of success so far. Shatterproof has helped pass lifesaving policy change in 15 states and counting. We’ve been key advocates for important federal legislation, like the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act. And at the end of 2017, our Treatment Task Force introduced the National Principles of Care for addiction—with 16 major health payers, representing over 248 million American lives, agreeing to adopt and implement these research-backed principles.

We’re uniting communities around the country to Rise Up Against Addiction and join the national movement to help end the devastation addiction is causing families in communities all across this country. We’re also supporting communities through the launch of our Shatterproof Family Support Programs, the Shatterproof Addiction Wellness at Work Program, and a comprehensive initiative to transform addiction treatment through a provider rating system, provider and public education, and policy and payment reform.

Treatment works for addiction, and recovery is possible for every American with this disease. We’re excited to be partnering with Outcome Health on this important initiative. Together, we can truly shatter the deadly stigma of addiction.

Learn more about our organization, and find evidence-based resources about addiction, at shatterproof.org. And stay tuned to Outcome Health’s blog for updates on our partnership and progress!

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Shannon Hartley is Shatterproof’s Chief Marketing Officer. Shatterproof advocates for changes in policy at the federal and state level and supports the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance use disorders.