World Addictions Day? Yes. It's time.
Background: World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1. The World AIDS Campaign's goal is "to ensure that governments and policy makers meet the HIV targets they set, the commitments they made, and mobilize the necessary resources for a world where people do not die of AIDS and opportunistic infections like TB. At the heart of the global commitment is non-discriminatory and non-judgmental access to adequate HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for all." (source: http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/world-aids-day/)
This year (2013) will mark the 26th World AIDS Day, first celebrated in 1988. In less than 25 years, the world has changed its views, treatment and prevention of HIV-AIDS.
Isn't it time we do the same for addiction?
Please read these posts for additional thoughts on this concept:
Gathering input from others interested in taking on addiction the way the world has taken on cancer, HIV-AIDS, diabetes, heart disease and so many other diseases by using education and grassroots efforts to raise awareness and collaborations around the world.
There is nothing established, yet - this page is just a place to start. If you are interested in getting involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. And to learn more about Lisa and her work, please visit www.BreakingTheCycles.com
If you prefer phone calls, Lisa's number at BreakingTheCycles.com is 650-362-3026. Please know - there is no formal "World Addictions Day.org" organization established, as yet. For now, it's a holding place for those interested in creating a world-wide awarness about the chronic, often relapsing brain disease of addiction, its impact on families and societies, and what it takes to prevent, treat and intervene for all concerned.