There’s no shame in cancer.
The disease of addiction is no different.
Millions of Americans suffer from drug and alcohol addiction every year. Unfortunately, only a fraction of these people seek treatment for their addiction – and a large part of the reason why is due to shame. We stigmatize addiction in our society; we see it as a shameful condition and we can view people who suffer from addiction in a negative way. As a result, very few people feel comfortable or able to seek help when they need it – leading to devastating consequences and lifelong complications.
However, there are solutions to this stigma that could help more people suffering from addiction seek treatment. The first step to destigmatizing addiction is understanding that addiction is a disease in the same way that depression, diabetes, heart disease and every other condition is a disease. Because addiction is a disease, the people who suffer for it should seek professional treatment just as they would for every other condition – and, with the assistance of a drug and alcohol treatment facility, these people can begin to heal.