15 May Ending the Stigma of Addiction
“I try to help others and I’d like to take the stigma out of alcoholism…” Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter
Addiction is a complex issue that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a chronic disease that requires medical treatment, but unfortunately, it is often stigmatized and misunderstood, even among recovery professionals. It is essential to end the stigma of addiction to ensure that people who suffer from this disease receive the care and support they need.
The stigma surrounding addiction often arises from the misconception that it is an individual’s moral failing or a lack of willpower. As recovery professionals, we understand that addiction is a chronic illness that alters brain function and can be influenced by genetic, environmental, and social factors. This means that it is not a choice, and people with addiction need support to manage their condition, just like those with any other chronic illness, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.