The Stigma of Addiction

Stop the Stigma. Stop the Shame.

Love the Addict. Hate the disease.

Nobody wants to be an addict. Yet there are still people who treat addiction as some sort of weakness, moral choice, or failing as an individual. These beliefs can lead people or families to feel ashamed, alone, and hopeless in their struggles with addiction. This type of shame derives its power from being unspeakable. It causes people to stay quiet about their struggle. Too often we hear stories of family members who lost loved ones because they were either too afraid or too ashamed to admit their loved one had a problem and they did not seek outside help. We meet the person battling addiction who confesses with tears in their eyes that family and friends wanted nothing more to do with them because they could not understand why they were the way they were—as if it were a choice or option.

At Oaks Recovery Center, we want to create a more educated and understanding conversation about the disease of addiction and true value of recovery. It is important that we start the conversation early in life or as soon as there is any indication of an issue with addiction. It’s never too early to start preventative measures against drug and alcohol abuse. We do not want people to be afraid or ashamed to say they are concerned about a loved one’s alcohol or drug use or for someone to say “I think I have a problem.” If we can shed new and hopeful light on these issues surrounding addiction and recovery, we can bring individuals, families, and communities together. It can allow people in recovery to live more freely and open up about their past as well as their present life in sobriety.

The more we talk and open up about these topics, the more people will feel comfortable coming for help or support with their addiction and recovery. Stop the stigma and stop the shame. Silence kills.

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