In as much as words hurt and can be dangerous, the wrong information can do damage too. This is what happens with addiction stigma.
The stigma of addiction is a dangerous perception that prevents millions of people all over the world to seek and get treatment for their substance use disorder. Many people, especially here in our country, still believe that addiction is a choice, that people who get addicted have a moral failing or a character flaw. These people are selfish, weak, and don’t deserve compassion. These baseless notions fosters fear among addicts, stopping them from reaching out for help. Ultimately, this can then cause them to sink deeper into addiction. Some of them even don’t become so luck as they lose their lives. Read More
While rehab can be a good way for addicts to get on the path to recovery, let’s face it–it’s not an easy decision. Rehab fears are real. Furthermore, going into a rehab facility and sustaining recovery require a lot of work not just from the addict but also from their families and friends.
Here in our country, with many misconceptions about addiction and rehabilitation still widespreadt, it’s difficult for people who struggle with addiction to get the help they need. Families and friends also fear talking about getting their loved ones into rehab because they are embarrassed and afraid. Read More
As cliche as it may sound, honesty is indeed the best policy. Even in recovery.
People who are in active addiction would often find themselves lying to their loved ones and family members to protect their addiction. They may lie to their colleagues and bosses to avoid the consequences of their addiction. Throughout the course of their addiction, they may lie to different people just so they would continue using and dodge the repercussions. Read More
Meth addiction can turn loving and devoted family members into unpredictable strangers. This can make their families feel helpless and desperate. Aside from the mood swings and financial troubles, there could also be the health and legal obstacles that their family members have to deal with as the meth addict does things they really wouldn’t normally do were they sober. Read More
Having your heart broken, or going through something overwhelmingly sad in your relationship, can be shattering. For those who are in recovery, you may notice that your old coping mechanisms don’t work–and shouldn’t work–anymore. Read More
When you’re in recovery, you try to commit to a life of sobriety. You change your old ways, especially your attitude. You may also need to change your friends, even move to a different city, if that’s what it takes. The things with recovery is, a change must indeed happen so that it’s harder for you to go back to your life when you were in active addiction. Read More
Getting sober can be indescribably difficult–but keeping that sobriety is a whole new ballgame altogether. While your decision to become sober entails that you make major changes to your life, staying sober means you have to stick to those changes despite all hardship and temptation. It’s staying true to your commitment to yourself. Read More
Celebrating a happy Halloween sober can be tough. This is true especially if you’re used to booze-filled Halloween parties. If before, when you were in active addiction, Happy Halloween means getting high and wasted, this time is different. Read More
Making the decision to go to a rehab is one of the bravest things you may have ever done. At least, it’s a smart idea. You are acknowledging that there is a problem and you’re seeking help. Read More
Laughter helps recovering addicts in profound ways. Those who find it in them to inject humor and laughter into their daily lives, even despite challenges, can benefit and be more successful in maintaining sobriety. Read More