Stigma of Addiction - True Intervention

Stigma of Addiction

Over the last few years, this stigma is being broken down. People are no longer hiding behind closed doors. In fact, with the help of social media and awareness groups, people are stepping forward and admitting how they struggled and are urging others to get the help they need.

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Perhaps we need to reframe this picture. Instead of talking about the “addict”, let’s change the picture to the person with the disorder. He/she did not choose it. He/she had no idea it would lead to this. He or she is the child, the parent, the cousin, the aunt, the little one, you used to make rice crispy treats with. She is the little girl who used to carry a purse around so she could be just like mom. The little girl who would try to walk in dad’s house slippers. The little boy who would cry when you left him with a sitter. The little boy who wanted so badly to fish with you but he tangled his line up every time and refused to pick up the worm. The little one who waited for you to start making the pancakes. He was the one who stirred in the egg. The one who asked you to help with the science fair project. The one you nursed until she was ready to walk but the bond was so strong, neither of you wanted to let go. The spouse or partner you pledged you would love until the day you died. The one you did everything for, hoping that your devotion and kindness would send him or her to the side of wanting a better life. The one you wrote little poems for and stuck in his lunchbox. The one for whom you made a raisin face in his oatmeal to entice him to try it.

The stigma that comes along with the word addiction is a very negative one. In fact, this stigma is so negative that people suffering from addiction have died or refused to give themselves a voice to speak out loud. The fear of truth was too big to feel, so uncomfortable that they justified to keep using. because they were too ashamed to seek help and admit they had a problem. Close family members may have even tried to hide or keep their loved one’s addiction a secret, for the mere fact that they might get blamed for not raising that individual properly.

We are advocates for recovery. We stand for the family and the individual who needs help.

We can do this with an attitude and love and conviction. Let’s address the shame, the pain, and the losses.  We will be broken no more.

The stigma and anger are often led by the questions of  “Why he just can’t stop. He has been to treatment before. What will it take?”

We go back to the analogy of a part in a lot of scary movies. The part where someone approaches the victim from behind puts a large plastic bag over the victims’ head and ties it shut. Can you feel it?

The victim claws at his mouth through the bag, desperate to breathe.

He seeks the freedom to breathe. This is what a dependence disorder feels like. Trying to breathe, without the air, clawing and struggling. His mind and body will not be quelled until he gets air.  This is the real feeling of not using.

Over the last few years, this stigma is being broken down. People are no longer hiding behind closed doors. In fact, with the help of social media and awareness groups, people are stepping forward and admitting how they struggled and are urging others to get the help they need.

Today, find your voice and get help. You spoke, and we heard you.

Our addiction specialists are standing by waiting to answer any and all of your questions

Call us at 1-844-987-2435 to get immediate help.