Southwest Pennsylvania has been hit disproportionately hard by opioid addiction and overdose. Here, as in other parts of the country, public conversations about addiction are often infused with pessimism and blame.
Stigma and shame discourage open dialogue, truly helpful policy interventions, and individual help-seeking.
Support is available, but often hidden. Over 20 million Americans have recovered from drug or alcohol problems, including thousands of resilient Pittsburghers.
There are many subgroups of the greater Pittsburgh recovery community (such as specific 12-step communities, people associated with certain treatment centers, and other groups) but there are few opportunities for these groups to come together as one and demonstrate the sheer number of people who have been personally affected by addiction in our area.