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The Stigma of Addiction: How to Cope and Advocate for Change

Dealing with Judgment Surrounding Addiction

Substance use disorders are among the most stigmatized health conditions, which can be a significant barrier to those seeking help for addiction. That’s why we’ve outlined ways to cope and advocate for change in the perception of addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, Mount Sinai Wellness Center is always here as a safe and understanding resource for seeking care.

Unraveling the Stigma Behind Addiction

Stigma can manifest in various forms, including public, structural, and self-stigma. Public stigma involves negative attitudes and beliefs that society holds regarding addiction. Structural stigma refers to institutional policies and practices that indirectly restrict the opportunities for individuals struggling with addiction. Self-stigma occurs when individuals internalize these negative stereotypes.

The repercussions of stigma are far-reaching. It can result in discrimination, stereotyping, and labeling, all of which can obstruct the path to recovery. Moreover, the shame associated with this stigma can exacerbate the cycle of addiction.

At Mount Sinai Wellness Center, we firmly believe that addiction is a treatable medical condition, not a choice. We strive to create a judgement-free environment where individuals can safely and comfortably recover.

Coping with the Stigma

Coping with the stigma behind addiction is a two-pronged approach involving personal resilience and systemic changes. On a personal level, seeking professional help, joining support groups, and educating oneself about addiction are key steps in coping with negative influences. Our team at Mount Sinai Wellness Center is dedicated to helping patients find the best course of treatment for their specific needs, so they can effectively recover, heal, and return to daily life.

The journey to recovery from addiction is already challenging enough – stigma doesn't need make it even harder. To discuss addiction treatment with a medical professional, give us a call at (800) 353-4673 today.

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