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Removing the Stigma from Addiction Treatment

Posted on :  July 11th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Drug addiction is both a disease of the mind and body, and while its effects on health, both long and short term, are well documented, its impact on the individual’s mental states are less widely available.

Many addicts find themselves struggling with severe self-esteem problems, as there is so much stigma attached to addiction.

Furthermore, many addicts do not believe themselves worthy of recovery, or feel that seeking treatment for their addiction may be conceding that they are worthless, and without value.

As a result, it’s vitally important that people make efforts to make over popular conceptions about addiction and the treatment thereof.

“Seeking recovery is a brave, noble and worthy-of-reward action and should be treated as such.”

Why should we remove the stigma from addiction treatment?

Many non-addicts may have a slightly dismissive attitude to addicts, whether recovering or not.

Unfortunately, these people do not realize how counter-productive this attitude can be. Regardless of your personal views on addiction and the individuals who find themselves its victims, removing addiction from society where possible will positively impact everyone.

The trick is to be forward-looking rather than retributive. Among the benefits are:

  • Less criminal activity and disorderly behavior
  • Less money spent on policing criminal activity and disorderly behavior that results from drug addiction
  • Less money spent on health treatment and incarceration
  • Fewer deaths and interpersonal conflicts
  • An overall more functional and happy society

Understanding drug addiction

Part of removing the stigma from addiction treatment involves understanding what addiction is and what it most definitely is not.

Many addicts began their journey with prescription medications, and as such, find themselves on a slippery slope that can lead them down more dangerous and more illegal paths.

Furthermore, while choosing to use something for the first time does represent a choice, once full-blown addiction has taken control of the individual, said individual is often powerless to stop it alone.

“Think of addiction as a serious physical illness, and your understanding will be more accurate.“

In short, addiction does not represent a weakness on the part of the addict. It does not signify a weak will, or an inherently selfish character.

It can strike at any time, and affects all facets of society, from the rich, to the poor, from the old to the young and everyone else in between.

It also need not begin as a reckless desire to engage in experimentation. For many, it begins with pain relief for some kind of injury.

Either way, if you or anyone you know wishes to seek help for addiction, and live in or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, you can make the first step by contacting Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589 to locate your nearest clinic and kick start your journey.

Make sure you have an unexpired OHIP card or call 1-866-532-3161 to find out how to get one.

Towards Recovery Clinics Inc. (TRC) is an Ontario addiction treatment centre with the philosophy to help individuals take control of their addiction and help them rebuild their lives and careers.

Don’t hesitate to call us! We’ll be happy to help you.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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