Our vision is simple. Sending love and shedding light. At Sober Words, we understand the shame that was once carried by each individual who have and are still suffering with substance abuse and mental health. We have seen firsthand the pain it has cause families and friends. For these reasons we have created Sober Words. We are here to change the perspective on substance abuse and mental health. We want to make sure that all those who have suffered, those who are suffering, their family and friends know that we love and support them. We want to be there as they journey in recovery. We want to shed light on what was once seen as darkness and hopelessness. We want to show the world their true beauty.
We are motivated not just by the sheer numbers, but by the lives that are being impacted on a daily bases. According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) "in the past year, 20.2 million adults (8.4%) had a substance use disorder. Of these, 7.9 million people had both a mental disorder and substance use disorder, also known as co-occurring mental and substance use disorders." The National Institute on Drug Abuse stated that "Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our Nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care."
However it's the STIGMA, "the powerful, negative perceptions commonly associated with substance abuse and addiction" that continuously cripple some from every speaking out. "STIGMA has the potential to negatively affect a person’s self-esteem, damage relationships with loved ones, and prevent those suffering from addiction from accessing treatment." This is why it is important to increase awareness to thwart STIGMA from our homes, schools, communities and our nation.