People with addictions need treatment, not stigma. For some reason, addiction is seen as a character flaw. People, usually those who are not directly impacted by addiction, believe that those with an addiction should be shamed. They think that ‘They did this to themselves.’ What many people fail to realize is that those with addictions are people who need help. They are people like you and me. They are struggling. They need help.
It’s proven, and we have discussed here on our blog, that addiction is a disease. You can have a genetic predisposition to addiction, but the brain is also altered during this disease. Neurotransmitters that are released lead to a dependency on the substance. Although they can’t be cured, addictions can be treated.
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, “44 Americans die as a result of prescription opioid overdose, and the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled since 2002.” These people did not choose to develop an addiction. They didn’t choose to overdose. They needed help and were not given it. The system failed them. If you are suffering, Pinnacle Recovery is here for you. We have a plethora of programs available for individuals who are addicted to substances. We also have dual diagnosis programs available. Through our blog, we aim to reduce addiction stigma by spreading the facts.
One story that was spread in the news was that of Ron and Carla Hiers. A video was taken of them on a street in Memphis, Tennessee, after having shot up on heroin and collapsing on the street. People took videos, laughed, and made jokes about the couple. Stigma overflowed from this incident. Ron and Carla needed help. Those that passed by them on the street didn’t bother to help. They videotaped and left, probably without any more thoughts. This needs to change. If you see someone struggling who cannot help themselves, get them help. Do what you can. They are people are struggling. They are just like you and me. They need help.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction, help end the stigma. Reach out for the help you deserve. We are here to give it to you. Call our trained and experienced staff today for more information at 1-866-301-0573. We can’t wait to hear from you.