For too many people, the relationship between stigma and addiction keeps them from getting the treatment they need. This is unfortunate because people struggling with an addiction usually find it extremely challenging to overcome it on their own. Professional treatment can help a person break free of addiction and live a more rewarding and fulfilling life.
Society is changing its views on addiction, but we still have a long way to go. People need to view a struggle with addiction as they would someone who is sick with a life-threatening disease. Rather than being ostracized or criticized, a person struggling with addiction needs compassion, support and professional help.
Ending the relationship between stigma and addiction
While society is slowly overcoming its addiction stigma, there is more each of us can do to help speed up the process. Eliminating this stigma is invaluable because it may be just what someone needs to overcome social fears they have that prevent them from seeking treatment.
Some ways you can help end the relationship between stigma and addiction may include:
- Overcoming your own stigma — Before addressing the stigma of others, do you have any baggage you need to unload? You might have compassion for someone struggling with addiction, but do you have that same compassion for someone who relapses or do you hold them to a different standard? Do you see someone with addiction as someone who needs your pity rather than your respect and compassion?
Ask yourself some hard, honest questions about stigma and whether you are immune to it. If there are some areas you need to work out, focus on that before the stigma of others.
- Getting involved — Get involved with local organizations, such as fundraisers or annual events that benefit those in recovery. It doesn’t matter if you have gone through recovery, know someone who has gone through recovery or simply have passion for those struggling with addiction. There are different ways you can get involved. Check with local recovery centers in your area about what you can do.
- Sharing your story — If you or someone you know (and you have their permission) has gone through recovery, you can help break down stigma by sharing your or their story. Stigma thrives in the absence of information. Sharing your story with addiction recovery or a loved one’s recovery can help put a face on the issue and break down the barriers of stigma.
Start the recovery journey at Tulip Hill Recovery
Do you or does someone you know struggle with an addiction to substances or alcohol? Don’t let stigma be a barrier between addiction and treatment. At Tulip Hill Recovery, we can provide professional treatment as well as resources for friends and family to help be bastions of support throughout the recovery process.
Our treatment model emphasizes the dual diagnosis approach, which means we treat addiction as well as co-occurring mental health disorders that might be fueling the addiction. This helps a person in recovery become better equipped for dealing with the challenges of mental health disorders without feeling like they need substances or alcohol to cope.
Are you ready to talk to someone about treatment for addiction for you or someone you love? Please contact us online or call us at 877-845-8192 to get in touch with our team and help start the recovery journey.