Coping with the Stigma of Addiction: How to Feel Alright
Jan 23, 2023
Addiction doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what race or gender you are, or where you come from. Addiction is a disease that can affect anyone.
And yet, there is a stigma of addiction. This negative attitude comes with shame and self-blame. At CleanSlate Centers, we know addiction is a chronic disease, and that negative attitudes toward it can stop people from getting help. That’s why we are working to end the stigma of addiction.
Social attitudes toward addiction can make it hard to reach out for help. You might feel like you’re the only one going through this or that you should be able to deal with it on your own. But addiction is a disease, and it’s important to remember that you need help and treatment to get better.
In this article, we will take you through some things that can help you cope with the stigma of addiction.
Talk to someone who understands the stigma of addiction
When you’re struggling with addiction, it can be helpful to talk to someone who understands what you’re going through. Look for a support group in your area, reach out to a friend or family member who has been through addiction, or find a medical professional specializing in addiction treatment. Simply knowing that you’re not alone can make a big difference.
Educate yourself on the stigma of addiction
Take some time to educate yourself on addiction and recovery. The more you understand about addiction, the more empowered you’ll feel to deal with it.
Addiction is a medical condition, not a choice. Overcoming the stigma of addiction begins with understanding why there is one in the first place. There are lots of great resources out there, so take advantage of them! Here are some to help you get started:
- Support groups. Joining a support group can be a great way to connect with others who are also struggling with the stigma of addiction and to find understanding and acceptance. Some well-known support groups include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
- Online resources. There are many online resources that can help you deal with the stigma of addiction. These may include online support groups, forums, Ted Talks and informational websites.
- Join the #noshame movement. The national #noshame movement works to stop the stigma surrounding addiction and help others face their own struggles.
Find the positive stories
Addiction affects many people who make great contributions to society, to the community, their friends and family, and themselves. Look for some of their stories to gain their insight.
Seek professional help in coping with the stigma of addiction
Social attitudes toward addiction can make it difficult to reach out for help. But coping with the stigma of addiction can be easier with a professional to help you through it. Therapists, counselors, or other licensed professionals have helped many other people cope with the negative stereotypes of addiction. They can provide you with the tools you need to break the stigma of addiction. They can give you an objective, unbiased view of your situation.
At CleanSlate, our Behavioral Health team provides a supportive environment for you to address the stigma of addiction and the underlying issues that may have contributed to the development of your addiction. These programs include individual and group therapy with licensed addiction and mental health counselors, who will create a specialized treatment plan for you. They will help you process past pain, work through trauma, and develop coping mechanisms to manage your thoughts, feelings and actions.
Along with behavioral health therapy, CleanSlate Certified Recovery Specialists will offer support, guidance and inspiration on your recovery journey. Drawing from their own experience in addiction and recovery, they will be by your side every step of the way.
It’s important to remember that seeking help for addiction is a courageous and positive step, and that it’s okay to ask for help and support. Call us today: (833) 505-4673.
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