Addiction remains a serious threat to public health and well-being. Overdose deaths exceeded 100,000 in the 12 -month period ending in April 2021. This represents a 28 percent increase from the prior year.1 Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 95,000 deaths each year or 261 deaths per day.2 Additionally, it is estimated that only 11 percent of people who needed treatment in 2018, sought and received treatment.3 The Change Theory,4 is one way to understand substance use disorder. The theory says that people change through predictable stages that include Pre-contemplation, Contemplation, Decision, Action, and Maintenance. It is especially important to inform, inspire and motivate individuals in pre-contemplation or contemplation phases.
The Commission/Institute project elevates 30 voices of those in recovery every 30 days to help initiate recovery in those people in the pre-contemplative and contemplative phases by providing hope, information, resources, and support from real people who have all come about recovery in their own way.
4 - Prochaska, James O., and Carlo C. DiClemente. “Stages and Processes of Self-Change of Smoking: Toward an Integrative Model of Change.” Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, vol. 51, no. 3, 1983, pp. 390–395., https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-006x.51.3.390.