Thank goodness for Rob and Diane Perez.
It’s one thing to initiate recovery. A good treatment program can be pretty helpful with that, and a lot of people are able to do it without treatment.
Maintaining recovery brings an entirely different set of challenges. And, most of those challenges take place away from professional helpers in the community.
So, a lot of people talk about stigma and talk about ideas like healing forests, but only a fraction of them are engaged in activities that result in immediate and tangible improvements in the lives of people with addiction. (What could be more destigmatizing than the message, “you do not need to lower your standards to employ people in recovery“?)