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Break the Stigma of Addiction

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The Road to Recovery

Choosing to seek help for recovery is a big step. It takes honesty and humility, first with oneself and then with the people in your life. Coming out as an addict can be intimidating, as the social stigma that often comes along with addiction is hard to bear. Lifestyle changes, both social and personal, make this transition easier and there is more support out there than you think. Along with the support from your counselor and, if applicable, members of your group therapy, you can gain the confidence to speak up and help break the stigma of addiction.

Break the Stigma of Addiction

Addicts are real people. Your neighbor, your co-worker, or even your faith leader could be struggling with, or recovering from, an addiction. This does not have to be a topic that is avoided, rather discussing it openly is the first step to breaking the stigma of addiction. So often are people hesitant to seek treatment for addiction because they feel shameful, guilty and embarrassed. This creates an endless cycle of addicts not getting help and then being shamed for being addicts in the first place. If, as a society, we can band together and help break the stigma of addiction, we can help addicts feel confident enough to go seek treatment. Below are some tips to help break the stigma of addiction.

  1. Speak up to change the face of addiction. Unfortunately, when people think of an addict they picture something to the degree of a homeless person begging for money. In reality, many addicts are hardworking individuals who participate in everyday life. Changing the face of addiction will change how society views those afflicted with it.
  2. Seek support for your addiction. Seeking a treatment center, with counselors and doctors that truly understand the spectrum of addiction, will provide support for you and your family during your recovery period.
  3. Support those suffering from addiction. If you have friends or family that are suffering from an addiction show support and don’t be an enabler. Addicts often have friends and family that don’t want to discuss their addiction because of the feelings it may bring up. Providing your friend or family member with appropriate support (ie: ensuring drug and alcohol free get togethers, being open about their addiction, etc.) will help them during their recovery.
  4. Advocate for addiction education. Education about all aspects of addiction is important for prevention as well as recovery. Painting addiction as an “It only happens to poor/uneducated/homeless/etc.” affliction makes society feel like addiction only strikes those less fortunate. Being open and honest with people about addiction is key.

Breaking the stigma of addiction is a battle that can only be won if we all do our part to support those that are suffering. If you know someone who is suffering from an addiction, but is having a hard time speaking up, let them know that you care. For information regarding intensive outpatient alcohol and drug treatment or relapse prevention programs in Baltimore, visit The Bergand Group today. Our doctors have over 25 years experience in treating substance abuse and related mental health issues. Each one of our clients receives treatment and attention in both group and individual settings from our doctors. We are pleased to provide the highest level clinical care to every client that walks through our doors.
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At The Bergand Group in Baltimore, MD our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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