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Break the Stigma of Addiction: UNITE to Face Addiction

Break the Stigma of Addiction: UNITE to Face Addiction - The Bergand Group

Addiction affects nearly one third of Americans, and ninety percent of people do not seek treatment. Working together to break the stigma of addiction will give those affected the courage to share their struggle and seek help. Addiction is heavily stigmatized in our culture and many times the reason behind why addicts do not seek treatment. Speaking out about an addiction is hard, especially when the stigma of addiction depicts the disease as one only affecting a small percentage of society. The truth is – addiction does not discriminate.

“Long-term recovery from addiction is a reality for over 23 million Americans, one of our nation’s best-kept secrets. Regardless of the paths people have chosen to achieve recovery, their lives and the lives of their families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and communities are vastly improved as a result.” In order to break the stigma of addiction people need to speak up about the truth. “While recovery from addiction is a reality, more than 350 Americans die from alcohol or other drugs on average each day – some 135,000 people each year – more than who die from either homicides or motor vehicle accidents. Another 22 million Americans are still suffering from addiction and the majority never receive any help.”

It is time to break the silence – break the stigma of addiction.

On October 4, 2015, those who choose to speak up about addiction can do so on the National Mall in Washington, DC. “A historic rally called UNITE To Face Addiction will occur. The aim of the rally is to address the addiction crisis that is continuing to grow in the USA. The longer term goal, however, is to increase awareness, as well as increase treatment options, destigmatize addiction, and advocate for the government to implement evidence-based policies and regulatory practices in order to ensure more effective strategies for supporting addiction recovery.”

If you have a friend or family member that is struggling with an addiction, now is your time to show your support. Many times addicts feel alone and do not have the courage to speak up about their struggle, but with support from friends and family they have a greater chance of seeking addiction treatment services. For more information on addiction treatment services in the Baltimore and Harford County areas, including Outpatient Detox/Withdraw Symptom Management, IOP and Family Therapy, get in touch with The Bergand Group.

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About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, 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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