How Marty Walsh’s DNC Speech Could Help the Recovery Community

Having public allies like Walsh could reduce stigmas around substance abuse.

By Jamie Ducharme July 28, 2016

When Mayor Marty Walsh announced his alcohol addiction at the Democratic National Convention, he opened the conversation surrounding the stigma associated with addiction, giving a voice to the 25 million people who comprise the recovery community in the United States. This public criticism can be extremely damaging and can hinder addicts’ recovery. In this Boston Magazine article, William James College Professor Dan Jacobs, PhD comments on the stigma associated with addiction and why we need to overcome it.