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.

Connor Barton
Connor Barton
2022-06-03
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The staff here is amazing. Caring and attentive. I finally kicked the sticks and couldn’t be happier.
Jacob Rashid
Jacob Rashid
2022-06-03
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So nice to have Grandma back to her old self. She has struggled with xannies for as long as I can remember. The staff were so attentive and met her where she was, not where they wanted her to be. Thank you Coastal Detox!
Tara Payne
Tara Payne
2022-05-20
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I struggled with alcohol addiction for most of my life. After many tries nothing worked.It was my 43rd birthday and I wasn't gonna see 44 if I didn't get help. I called around and found Coastal. So glad I did. I am so grateful for EVERYONE there. This beautiful facility is not just a detox. They actually have programs to help you learn to live a sober life and enjoy being yourself again! Entire staff is awesome! (Ms Diana ❤️ and Mrs Karen ❤️)They really understand how your feeling as most are in recovery also. If your looking for some help please give them a call. I give them 10+stars. Five months sober now!!! Thank you Coastal!!!
Bob Hawkins
Bob Hawkins
2022-05-04
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The entire staff of Coastal is great, the therapists, the nurses, the techs, everyone. It’s a great environment to begin your recovery in. As an added perk, the food is some of the best you’ll ever have thanks to the chefs.
Tony Givens
Tony Givens
2022-05-04
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My experience at coastal detox was very good, the staff there is terrific. They helped me get through the process of detox in a safe and professional manor.
Jodi Silverman Goldberg
Jodi Silverman Goldberg
2022-03-21
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It been almost a year!! Thank y’all
Matthew Mcnulty
Matthew Mcnulty
2022-03-07
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This is the top tier Rehab/Detox center in Southeast FL. I’ve heard nothing but good things about them. Their attention to detail is impressive. They specialize in treating alcohol abuse among several other conditions. If you or a loved one are looking for a blueprint on how to sober up…Coastal Detox will lead you there.
Mary Katz
Mary Katz
2022-02-26
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My experience with Coastal has been one of empathy, kindness and family. From Admissions to Nurses to techs I have never felt so cared for. Food and drink 24/7. Coastal is a place I went twice. First time 14 days next 6days later for another 11. At 59 and umpteen detoxes Coastal by far is Heaven Sent! As a Nutritionist and Trainer, I'm so happy to be back....the Mary ,who was lost:)
vicky ehr
vicky ehr
2022-01-29
Verified
Great place . Helped me so much I am a 64 year old woman and this place got me sober with dignity and kindness. I highly recommend it plus the food is incredible. Rooms are really well laid out. 2 guys to a room . Each bed has its own t.v with head sets so you dont bother your roomate. Take an extra pillow and comfort blanket from home. At least 3 pairs of pj’ s sock and shoes and comfortable clothing fit. You do your own laundry there. I will send you the link to look at. After thinking all morning this is hands down the place for you. Lots of young people and fantastic therapists. For my wonderful son who suffers. From addiction the way I do.

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