The concept of “rock bottom” can help people describe their experience of recovery from addiction by turning it into a narrative with a clear event that helped turn their life around. But the idea that we should wait for the disease to get worse before seeking treatment is dangerous.




The Addiction Policy Forum is a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating addiction as a major health problem. Founded in 2015, they are working in states and communities across the country to end stigma, help patients and families in crisis and translate the science around addiction.

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