7 Reasons To Seek Addiction Treatment
Substance use disorder, which is more colloquially known as drug addiction, is a serious mental...
Words are incredibly important when discussing addiction and mental health topics. Addiction is a disease that is difficult to overcome, but it does not have to define your life. You are more than your addiction, and one way you can express that is by changing how you talk about it. Alternatively, if you have a loved one suffering from addiction, support them by adopting the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s Preferred Language for Talking About Addiction.
It is often unintentional, but when people use old terms related to addiction (such as “addict” or “junkie”), they can carry a negative meaning. This practice is also harmful to those who are trying to overcome their addiction, as feelings of judgment and stigma can be incredibly damaging to their mental health. Portraying someone who suffers from addiction in a negative or stigmatizing way may even cause them to avoid seeking treatment, so they do not have to face the stigma.
According to NIDA, stigma is defined as “discrimination against an identifiable group of people, a place, or a nation.” There is a great deal of harmful and inaccurate stigma-fueled beliefs out there that can make a person who suffers from addiction feel angry, hurt, or depressed. Sometimes, stigma pushes them to deny that they have a problem.
An essential part of treatment and recovery is realizing that you have a problem, so you can seek help for it. If you do not want to be a part of this stigmatized group, you may avoid seeking treatment altogether. It is important to end the stigma and treat addiction for what it is – an illness – in order to reach more people and help them through.
NIDA suggests a few ways to start changing your language to de-stigmatize addiction:
In general, try to use words that are not stigmatizing. Here are some examples with alternative words you can consider:
If you’re someone who struggles with a substance use disorder, there have likely been many times when you felt uncomfortable or judged due to the stigma of addiction. Always remember that addiction is an illness, and it should be talked about as an illness. At RECO Intensive, we understand how powerful the stigma of addiction can be. Sometimes, the negative words and phrases about addiction that we hear so frequently can even stop a person from pursuing treatment. RECO Intensive is here to provide a caring, supportive environment where you can receive treatment, recovery support, and other help to fight the illness of addiction. Our professional staff and experienced alumni can talk to you about your substance use disorder and discuss methods of treatment that will work for you. Don’t wait, call RECO Intensive today at (561) 464-6533 to learn more about your treatment and recovery options. We want to support you. Let’s get back to a brighter future.
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