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How National Recovery Month Can Help Break the Stigma

How National Recovery Month Can Help Break the Stigma

Every addiction is as complicated and unique as the addicted person

National Recovery Month was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) of the United States as an effort to help break the stigma of addiction and mental illness, create greater awareness of addiction issues, and help promote the cause of addiction treatment for those in need.

Addiction and mental illness have been greatly researched in recent decades. The old model of addiction psychology saw addiction as a moral failing. We now know that addiction is not a choice people make. Addiction is a complicated illness that has neurophysiological causes and effects that can impact anyone.

We also now know that mental health is an important health concern for everyone. Even the most stable, intelligent people may be at risk for mental illness. And most mental illnesses are caused by a combination of genetics, trauma, and chemical changes in the brain. Fortunately, most mental illnesses are also now treatable just like any other physical illness.

Recovery month was created to help people become aware of these issues, and to know that it is okay to reach out for help when help is needed. Counseling and mental health support are important parts of overall health, and just like we all need a good physical check-up, a good mental health check-up can help us stay in tune with our own life goals, help keep our relationships positive, and help us cope with any of life’s difficulties along the way. If you or a loved one in Louisville is struggling with addiction or mental health issues, taking part in National Recovery Month can help you break the stigma and find the help you need.

Breaking the Stigma of Addiction

Addiction remains a difficult subject for most people. True to the old model, most people mistakenly believe that addiction is a choice. They believe that an addicted person should just “stop using,” or “do something else.” But the truth is that addiction is much more complicated than that.

Addiction can be caused by a number of issues. Some people begin a painkiller addiction after a legitimate health issue and a doctor’s prescription. Some begin substance use to cope with the devastating post-traumatic stress disorder due to combat after serving our country or surviving an assault. Some people begin drinking at an early age, and as life or emotions become more stressful and peer pressure and work pressure build up, alcoholism takes hold.

Most addictions take time to build, and every addiction is as complicated and unique as the addicted person. It is incredibly important to build awareness about addiction and help spread information about treatment options that incorporate healing for both body and mind. When society only punishes and judges addicted persons, we ignore the real causes of addiction and make addiction more chronic, prevalent and less treatable.

Find Addiction Help

Real information and healing is available. If you or a loved one in Louisville would like to find support, call our toll-free helpline. We can also help you find new ways to interact with your community to break the stigma of addiction. Through awareness outreach and community events, we can all help bring real interactions and real information to everyday people. To find information on addiction treatment, support, family counseling, or community outreach, call us today. Lines are open 24 hours a day and our compassionate admissions coordinators are always ready to help.

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