Estimates are that there will be over 60,000 opiate overdose deaths in 2017

While many treatments for substance use disorder exist opiate addiction has been traditionally difficult to treat. The relapse rate for opiate addiction is 80% and the one approach to keep patients safe is medication assisted treatment. It is imperative that we use strategies to end this opiate overdose epidemic that are smart and effective. Unfortunately, the most effective treatment for opiate addiction – medication assisted treatment is misunderstood and criticized as substituting one addiction for another. These attitudes place barriers to treatment that is life saving.

No one taking medication to overcome opiate addiction should feel ashamed or disgraced. We have a long way to go before the stigma regarding medically assisted addiction treatment is eliminated, but with your help we can make this happen.

By eradicating stigma, you save and rebuild lives. It’s as simple as that.

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Joycelyn Woods


I still had very low self-esteem . . . because of my perception all my life that I was different and something was wrong. It took another event for me to see myself as doing something with my life…



About Us

Stop Stigma Now wants to eradicate the stigma around medically assisted treatment of opioid addiction. We want everyone taking methadone (or similar medications) and their family members to feel proud of what they have accomplished in finding the strength and courage to overcome an addiction to opiates.

To this end we will aggressively and publicly confront unfounded, erroneous information regarding medically assisted addiction treatment whenever it appears in newspapers, magazines or professional journals.

Learn more about Stop Stigma Now.