The NIDA Eliminating Stigma Team held its first coffeehouse event on Thursday May 10th, titled “The Coffeehouse: Art of Recovery.” The audience experienced powerful stories of struggle and triumph over mental illness and drug addiction through performances and presentations of poetry, spoken word, visual art, photography, and music. The event turned the atrium into a couch- and comfy-chair-filled space, surrounded in art, that ended up standing-room only.
In the U.S., over 21 million adults live with a substance use disorder, 1 in 5 families are affected by mental illness, and nearly 8 million adults live with both a substance use disorder and mental illness. The Eliminating Stigma Team wishes to bring awareness to the struggles of mental illness and addiction, inspire thoughtful dialogue, and empower others to eliminate the stigma surrounding these diseases. Stay tuned for announcements of the next Eliminating Stigma event coming this June.