The Stigma Of Addiction: How Do I Break It?

The Stigma Of Addiction: How Do I Break It?

Addiction, Recovery Tips
What is Alcoholism? In 1956, alcoholism was classified as a disease by the American Medical Association. The definition of a disease is “a quality, habit, or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or a group of people.” The AMA’s conclusion is fitting to say the least. Today, alcoholism is a part of a much larger epidemic - the disease of addiction. Unlike physical ailments, alcohol addiction has become a serious societal issue, one plagued by stigmas and stereotypes. People often say, “Addicts are weak, they just need to toughen up and quit,” or, “Addicts are liars, burnouts and waste of space,” and “Addicts are bad people and criminals.” All too often these types of judgmental statements are spoken. The purpose of this article is to give the reader a glimpse…
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What To Look For In A Substance Abuse Treatment Center

What To Look For In A Substance Abuse Treatment Center

Recovery Tips
I have been in the treatment industry for 5 years now and one thing I have learned is that like most things, when looking into treatment options you are going to find both good and bad. I am writing this post so that you know what to look out for when deciding on treatment and how to find the program that is right for you or your loved one. The following are a list of things to look for and to ask yourself. What Life Skills do you teach the individual? This is number one on my list for a reason. Any inpatient treatment center can lock someone in their facility for 30 days and force an addict to abstain for a month. That can help in the beginning, but…
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