3 Stigmas that Keep People from Seeking Addiction Treatment

Edited by Paul Alexander

Last updated September 27, 2016

Although addiction is an issue that has existed for decades and our understanding of it has improved tremendously, there are still many stigmas that exist. It is these stereotypes and negative assumptions that can keep individuals from getting the help they need to recover. Addiction is a treatable condition, and relapse is not guaranteed.

A few of the misconceptions that people still have about addiction include:

1.      That addiction is a choice and people should just stop using drugs and alcohol.

Substance use disorders do not discriminate. They can affect anyone from doctors, lawyers, and teachers to business professionals, stay-at-home parents, and retail workers. No one wants to be addicted to drugs or alcohol. These substances change the way the brain processes information and makes it incredibly difficult to overcome use without professional treatment.

2.      People who are battling addiction are dangerous.

In today’s society, most people know someone who is or was battling addiction. These individuals do not necessarily fit the typical stereotypes and are someone’s grandparent, parent, sibling, friend, boss, neighbor or coworker. They are people you pass on the street and who help you every day. However, damaging stigmas keep them from achieving recovery.

3.      Addiction treatment does not work and an individual will always struggle with addiction.

Northbound supports all clients in reaching their potential and creating a solid foundation in recovery. We provide real-world experiences that help individuals to grow and solidify their recovery to prevent relapse. Northbound provides fully integrated addiction treatment regardless of where a person is in their journey. It is not too late to seek help and turn your life around. You can overcome the challenges you face and build a brighter future that defies those negative stigmas that exist. Become a symbol of hope and show others that recovery is possible at Northbound.

Don’t let misconceptions and stigmas about addiction keep you from seeking life-changing treatment. Contact Northbound today about our full continuum of services!

Article Reviewed by Paul Alexander

Paul AlexanderPaul Alexander is the founder and CEO of Northbound Treatment. He received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He believes wholeheartedly in transformational leadership, organizational health and effective, fully integrated substance use disorder treatment.


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