Removing Barriers: Stigmas Keep Us from Getting Treatment

Removing Barriers: Stigmas Keep Us from Getting Treatment

Stigma involves negative stereotypes, labels and discrimination against a group of people. Although people can be stigmatized for many reasons and in a variety of settings, health-related stigma can be especially problematic. An article in BMC Medicine notes that it affects all quality care elements: diagnosis, treatment and outcomes. The authors note that stigma about…

Details

Addiction and Social Stigmas

Addiction is challenging, and the stigma that surrounds it makes it even harder to manage. Social stigma, sometimes called public stigma, occurs when people have negative prejudices and stereotypes about a particular group, and unfortunately, people with addiction often find themselves in that category. Of the 18 most stigmatized conditions, illicit drug use disorder tops…

Details
Promoting The Stigma Against Addiction

Are You Promoting Addiction Stigma?

Words have power. What we say about addiction impacts the stigma around it. Saying words like “addicts,” “alcoholic” or even “drug-fueled” can cause problems. Stigma can lead a person to keep their addiction a secret. They may also avoid seeking help.   You may not even be aware that you are promoting stigma, but a…

Details
What is Stigma and Why Does it Impact Addiction Recovery

Stigma: Why it Impacts Addiction Recovery

What do we mean by “stigma” in addiction recovery? The Society for the Study of Addiction defines stigma as “a sociocultural process in which social groups are devalued, rejected and excluded on the basis of a socially discredited health condition.”  They note that it can be seen in at least three levels in addiction recovery:…

Details
family therapy the right step hill country

What does Family Therapy Look Like?

Family therapy has shown to be a very effective part of substance abuse treatment, but if the thought of it seems daunting, that’s understandable. It’s not unusual to feel nervous about something with which you may not be familiar. Let us demystify what family therapy is and help you and your family gain clarity on…

Details

Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Support

Family relationships affect substance abuse treatment because, in addiction, biology, psychology, and a patient’s social network all play a part. Usually, a person’s family is their most significant social network, with the longest-lasting and most intense relationships. Family members often feel helpless in the face of addiction, but, in reality, there’s a lot that they…

Details

Is There Such A Thing As Affordable Treatment?

Affordable drug rehab is necessary because none of us have unlimited budgets, and choosing how to spend our resources wisely is a decision we continuously face. Unfortunately, many people who need treatment for drug or alcohol abuse don’t receive it, and sometimes that’s because they’re concerned about the fees.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health…

Details