Overcoming the stigma surrounding addiction recovery

Overcoming the stigma surrounding addiction recovery
Author: Tulip Hill Recovery
Published: January 7, 2021

Over the past few decades, there has been much progress in professional treatment for substance and alcohol addiction. Professionals have studied the connection between co-occurring mental health disorders and addiction, and have learned that treating both can help provide long-lasting treatment.

However, for as much as treatment has progressed, the negative stigma surrounding substance abuse still remains. The current public view of mental health disorders and addiction comes from a more understanding perspective, but common misconceptions and lack of information still make it difficult for some to find or stick to treatment.

Overcoming stigma about addiction recovery

Stigma is a problem for people who need help recovering from addiction. Stigma is associated with shame or something to be embarrassed about. This can lead to someone denying that they have a problem and refusing the help they need because they would rather live with their addiction than be stigmatized. 

Stigma also leads to lack of action by friends and family who see someone they love struggling with addiction. It’s hard to help a loved one when addiction is stigmatized as a moral failing rather than a disease. 

Reducing stigma in society is not easy. It will take time and effort, but education and understanding can help lower the negative stigma surrounding those who struggle with addiction. Some tips for alleviating addiction recovery stigma include:

  • Education — Understanding how addiction works and why someone can become addicted can help reduce stigma.
  • Conversation — Discussing alcohol and substance addiction more openly and on public platforms helps humanize the conditions and break down stigma surrounding it. Conversation on public platforms also helps show people that recovery is possible, which can encourage someone who needs help to seek treatment.
  • Compassion — If you notice signs of addiction in someone you care about, please take action. Someone who is struggling with addiction might not consider seeking treatment until another person brings it up to them. Remember to be patient, supportive and encouraging, not angry or disappointed.

Take the first step to recovery at Tulip Hill Recovery

At Tulip Hill Recovery, we focus on discovering what factors in life may be contributing to addiction in order to treat it at its main source. 

Are you ready to talk to someone about treatment for addiction and building a better future for yourself? Please contact us online or call us at 877-845-8192 to get in touch with our team and start your recovery journey.

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