Addiction can happen to anyone. It does not discriminate or affect only one particular demographic. Unfortunately, there is a stigma about addiction. The stigma is a false perception that people who struggle with addiction are homeless, lower class, and uneducated.
This stigma negatively affects a person’s self-esteem, relationships, and lessens the possibility of him or her getting help for addiction. In reality, well educated, middle to upper-class people with good paying jobs struggle with addiction. It affects lawyers, teachers, veterans, and medical professionals.
Anyone can be at risk of addiction. Opioid addiction is increasing among people of all ages, nationalities, and social statuses. Our nation is suffering an opioid epidemic and people are dying from overdoses. Opioids are powerful prescription painkillers meant for temporary pain relief due to surgery, injury, or illness. Many people misuse opioids because in addition to blocking pain, they also produce a euphoric feeling or high.
The stigma of addiction harms social lives. The false perception of addiction leads to discrimination and affects the mental and social health of people struggling with addiction. The stigma dehumanizes individuals who use drugs or alcohol and creates a disconnection with their community and loved ones. It amplifies loneliness and isolation.
When a person feels shamed by society and has no one to talk to, he or she is less likely to pursue treatment. Loneliness can fuel underlying mental health issues and fuel even more substance use to cope with the symptoms. The cycle continues and becomes increasingly more difficult to break.
People who abuse drugs or alcohol might lack confidence, self-worth, and self-esteem. Many people who are not familiar with or suffer from addiction view it as a lack of self-control, which contributes to the stigma of addiction and heightens the difficulty of accessing proper treatment.
There are ways to reduce the stigma of addiction:
- Do not judge
- Offer compassion and support
- See the person, not the drugs
- Learn about addiction
- Listen without shaming
- Be kind always
- Research drug dependency
- Treat people with respect
- Avoid labels
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help now. Do not let the stigma of addiction interfere with your seeking treatment. Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in holistic treatment for addiction and addictive behaviors with a focus on healing the mind, body, and spirit. The staff at Cypress Lakes Lodge is compassionate, understanding, and non-judgemental. We are committed to the overall health and well-being of every client.
Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in addiction treatment and is located in a serene, remote, lush-green, oxygen enriched environment. The program encompasses holistic addiction therapy and offers yoga and meditation for the mind, body, and soul. The focus is on physical, mental, and emotional well-being by generating the balance of life-enriching treatment, wellness, and healthy, sober, sustainable relationships. Call us to get started: 409-331-2204