David Whitesock Posted 7 months ago New health care law will improve access to care for addiction, but treatment system is ineffective and broken. No. To some extent, the attention given to "public figures publicly seeking intervention for addiction" perpetuates the stigma because the media present the disease using stigma perpetuating language (alcoholic) and images (homeless people and needles). However, there are some public figures like Kirsten Johnston, Matthew Perry and Patrick Kennedy who are strong advocates and doing great work around awareness and celebration of recovery. The needle is moving, but as you can see from some of the comments here, stigma and misunderstanding remain very strong.