Roy “Big Country” Nelson Fights Against Stigma

  March 2, 2018    

Roy “Big Country” Nelson has been a professional MMA fighter for the past 14 years. Nelson was winner of the Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights and the International Fight League heavy weight division champion. He has competed in the UFC, EliteXC, and currently fights in the heavyweight division of Bellator.

While “Big Country” has been fighting in the ring for several years, he is currently standing up for people in recovery. Roy Nelson is fighting against stigma by choosing to support SOBA.

Nelson understands that one of the greatest impediments to people dealing with Substance Use Disorder is being labeled an addict. That is why he recently made the decision to promote SOBA. By promoting a drug treatment program Nelson is helping to put a stop to the stigma of individuals dealing with addiction.

Currently the CDC indicates 42,249 people died as a result of opioid related overdoses alone in 2016. Many government agencies have begun to look for ways to battle against the opioid epidemic. However, issues related to the stigma of people dealing with addiction remain a major obstacle. When a respected athlete such as Roy “Big Country” Nelson stands up for individuals struggling with addiction, it strikes a major blow against stigma.

Roy Nelson may not have won his most recent fight against Matt Mitrione in the ring, much to the disappointment of fans, however he won a victory for recovery that night. Nelson’s serves as an inspiration to many people. His choice to stand up for individuals dealing with addiction, will undoubtedly lead to more people getting active in recovery.


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