Reversing the Stigma


Thursday August 16, 2018 |  4PM

A documentary about addiction and recovery in New York State with opening panel discussion.

Tickets are Free, enter code ‘addiction’

Stories from New Yorkers in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders created by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

“Reversing the Stigma” highlights the work being done in New York State to combat addiction and reminds viewers that addiction is a chronic disease that is treatable. The film, narrated by acclaimed television journalist Laurie Dhue, profiles multiple people in various stages of recovery, who share their stories and experiences. “Reversing the Stigma” was produced by OASAS and the New York State Media Service Center.

“There has been a long held belief that addiction only affects certain people, but the recent opioid epidemic has shown that it impacts people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, languages and religions,” said OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez. “This documentary is key to helping people understand that addiction is a disease and recovery is possible. We thank Governor Cuomo for giving us the opportunity to tell these stories, and for all of his efforts to help reverse the stigma against people with substance use disorder.”

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPELine at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369).


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