Ending the Addiction Stigma

Society often thinks of drug addiction in a very negative light. With more than 75% percent of people believing drug addiction to be a choice, there is a lot of misinformation circulating in communities at large.

The Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-V) categorizes drug abuse as substance use disorder, and carries a list of characteristics associated with addiction as a disease, meaning the element of “choice” changes over time as the addiction becomes a disease of the mind. Most of these characteristics apply fully to those afflicted with drug addiction and alcoholism.

Drug addiction is a disorder affecting the individual’s brain chemistry that stems from an obsessive-compulsive desire. It is not a matter of will power that allows drug addicts to keep abusing their mind and bodies. It is a disorder that is claiming lives by the thousands, and is now believed to be much more of a medical condition than in years past.

Drug Addiction Stigmas

In charming small towns and urban cities, Washington serves as the backdrop for a nasty preconceived notion–that drug addicts and alcoholics choose to be this way. While not everyone in the state is under this delusion, there is still a nasty stigma amongst the majority that addicts choose their addictions by some lack of moral reasoning.

Addicts are harshly judged and discarded in places of employment, schools, homes, and other community activities. This addiction stigma affects the behavior of drug addicts because it lowers their self-esteem and self-worth, making them want to use even more, and keeping them bound to the belief that they cannot get help.

This disease and this stigma both destroy families, friendships, and work relationships. Breaking the stigma of addiction is now more important than ever. And it starts with knowledge, understanding, and acceptance.

Education for the Public

Addicts and alcoholics live in a desolate cycle of destruction. They are filled with guilt, shame, and remorse. They know secretly that they shouldn’t be doing the terrible things they put themselves through, but most of them cannot stop.

This is not because of a lack of will power–it’s actually due to a change in their brain chemistry as a result of using drugs over time. The more people understand this, the more they can stop dealing out harsh judgements for addicts.

If coming from a place of compassion and acceptance, a collective healing will take place. Even children are overdosing, and many more adults are succumbing by the thousands to drug addiction.

If the general public does their best to understand the science behind this disorder, then we can truly help our fellow sufferers to get treatment. Knowing the resources available in your community and the right steps to take are all you need to know in order to help others overcome their addictions.

Treating the Stigma

Licensed treatment centers have done an excellent job of employing medical staff to assist in the education and ease of withdrawal symptoms. Families of addicts are healed when their loved ones get help. This healing is contagious, and often creates a ripple effect extending beyond the immediate household and into the community.

You can help others who are struggling with addiction to get better in just a few simple steps. It’s time we end the stigma. Learn more about what you can do for yourself or someone suffering from addiction. Contact us to get help today.

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    Travis B.
    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/06/2019

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