Are you afraid of seeking help because of the social stigma that comes with addiction recovery?
Although our society these days are slowly shifting how addicts are viewed. These days, addiction is slowly becoming accepted as a disease, rather than a “moral” failing. Unfortunately, not all share such sentiments for people with an addiction problem.
This is unfortunate as this may be one of the reasons why some addicts fail to seek professional help because seeking help means that you are putting the problem out there; and that also means facing the social stigma that comes with the substance addiction.
In this article, we are going to cover a few tips on how you can overcome this social stigma. Hence, if social stigma is the reason why you are unwilling to face your demons, then let’s make your devils a lot weaker so you can face them and win.
But before that, It’s time for our little disclaimer. If you are serious about addiction recovery (even if you are planning to do a self-treatment), then I highly suggest that you consult with a professional. You don’t have to go through a formal treatment. What you are looking for is the professional opinion, which may prove to be very useful with your road to sobriety.
How people look at yourself has a big impact on how they look at you…
Once you have finally achieved sobriety, then be proud of it. This does not mean that you should constantly talk about it, and you may not want to voluntarily share this information in a job interview or such. However, it’s a differents story if the other party mentions about it.
If someone wants to ask about your sobriety, then its the time to start waving your victory flag. Don’t shy away from your recovery. Mention how good you feel, and show gratitude to the addiction recovery program that you underwent.
One of the reasons why the social stigma is causing problems for you is because you are focusing your attention on the wrong things.
Focus your attention on other people that still need help. You can volunteer, help with a support group or be “supportive presence”.
By doing so, you are training your brain to focus on what’s product and positive.
Once you have successfully made it through your dark times, then it’s time to live enthusiastically. Be pro-active on the things that make you happy.
Sooner or later, this new found happiness of your will be noticed by others. By then, you will be percieved as a person who has totally turned his life into something positive and special. All that social stigma that comes with addiction recovery will be the last thing on other people’s mind.
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