Addiction is very complex and can happen to anyone. People who struggle with addiction often are stigmatized with unkindness, discrimination, and prejudice as if they deserve to be treated that way. In fact, the stigma of addiction seems to classify anyone who has the disorder into a category of second-class citizens. In reality, people feel this way out of ignorance and fear. It is the story people tell themselves about addiction.
People who battle addiction can feel isolated, vulnerable, and alone. The stigma of addiction that society places on addiction can inadvertently add to any shame, guilt, and low self-esteem the person already feels. People with an addiction most likely do not want that type of lifestyle.
Addiction changes every aspect of a person’s life. Responsibilities are forgotten, work is affected, and relationships with family and loved ones are often destroyed. Addiction has a profound impact on a person’s mental and physical health and can lead to early death.
The stigma surrounding drug or alcohol addiction can unintentionally interfere with a person’s decision to seek treatment. Stigma can be internalized as well. A person who uses drugs can view his or herself as deviant, which can severely impact self-esteem and self-worth. Historically, a dependence on drugs has been viewed as immoral or the result of a lack of self-control. These views contribute to the stigma and prevent people accessing treatment (Villa, n.d.).
According to Claire Rudy Foster, contributor, writer and sober for more than 10 years, “People in recovery aren’t feeding the stigma. It comes from people who don’t understand addiction.” Addiction is treatable and recovery is possible. Do not let the stigma of addiction prevent treatment and the ability to enjoy a substance-free life.
Breaking the stigma of addiction starts with you. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and offers various treatment options for each client’s unique needs. We encompass holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Get help today. Call us to get started: 888-855-6877