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Addiction as Disease: Harmful or Helpful? (Part Two)

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The debate over whether or not to label addiction as disease rages on. On a more positive note: though there are still many problems surrounding the way that we talk about and understand addiction, it is being talked about. People are trying to better address the needs of these patients, and as a result, many more people than ever are focused in on better treatment and less undue judgment for these individuals.

Considering Addiction as Disease

“We are starting to recognize addiction as a consequence of social ills rather than individual flaws.” Whether it’s seen as an illness or no, one of the most crucial pieces of this back and forth is that those who are struggling are not blamed for their addiction. If the concept of addiction as disease is discredited, then it can be attributed to social and other issues, but believing that the person him or herself is entirely at fault is dangerous and detrimental to their recovery.

Today, more people have been able to make their struggles with addiction public via the internet or the media and people in general have “gotten better at recognizing that life circumstances can dictate personal suffering and tragedy.” Though it may not be an easy thing to do, speaking up about a personal experience aids in reducing the stigma that surrounds alcohol and drug abuse. It publicizes the enormous need for more widespread and effective care and can help more people than ever attempt to understand addiction. It’s the reason that so many professionals feel the need to get the language exactly right, to argue whether to label addiction as disease or not. Despite this, and as mentioned last week, there is a startlingly low amount of aid available within the United States’ health care system. Perhaps when this is turned around the discussion will become more open and honest, or vice versa.

Of course, to not consult those who actually do have issues of substance abuse about their preferred terminology is a huge part of this. Some sense that they may not receive the care that they want and need if addiction is not thought of as a physical disease. Others are offended and hurt by the stigma by those that they feel do not really understanding addiction. Either way, there isn’t enough empirical evidence to make a decision one way or another in any concrete or legal format. Addiction is an extremely complicated subject with lots of moving parts and we may never be able to tie it down to a single way of thinking.

There is a lot to be done in order to change the way that people refer to and understand addiction. You may feel strongly one way or another or you may not care either way whether it’s considered a disease or not. If you just want thorough care in the meantime to recovery from substance abuse, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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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 rehab 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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