How to Cope With the Stigma of Addiction

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Stigma is one of the hardest things people who suffer from alcohol or drug abuse have to deal with. Many people hold a negative, discriminatory attitude towards people with addiction issues. Among people suffering from any type of mental health problems, 9 out of 10 say they have experienced stigma. Some even claim that experiencing stigma is more difficult than coping with the mental illness itself.

Stigma is hugely harmful to how we think about addiction issues on a personal, up to political level. It prevents people from identifying themselves as “an addict” who needs help, and prevents them taking the proactive steps to access the treatment they need because of the shame they are afraid it will bring.

Stigma stems from the ignorant belief that addiction is the result of personal weakness, or only afflicts ‘bad’ people. This is not true. Research has demonstrated that addiction is a disease of the brain.

Addiction can affect anyone regardless of their upbringing, social status or morality.

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How Stigma Affects Someone With Addiction

  • You may experience discrimination from others or feel judged
  • You feel ashamed or embarrassed and are likely to hide and disguise your condition from people around you
  • You become isolated and alienated from your social network, prefering to drink or use drugs alone
  • Your families will also experience stigma and will feel shame, embarrassment, and anger, which could be directed towards you. The stress of being related to someone with addiction problems can cause social and even medical issues for a family member.

How Can We Reduce Stigma Around Addiction?

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Ways to Help Yourself Cope With Stigma if You Are in Recovery

Ways of Coping With the Stigma of Addiction

Accept Yourself

Denial is a huge barrier to successful recovery from addiction. Recognising and accepting that you suffer from a treatable addiction problem is the first step on the journey to regaining your health.

Understand the Science Behind Addiction

At Smarmore Castle, our programme contains a vital, educational aspect. Residents learn to understand their addiction – what causes it, and how they can overcome it. This often proves to be a huge relief for people in early recovery, who may have carried harmful beliefs about their addiction being their fault.

Go to Alcoholics Anonymous /  Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

By attending peer-support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), you will discover a network of people in the same position as you. You can offer each other mutual support throughout the recovery process. Meanwhile, ask your family and friends to attend Al-Anon meetings. These are specifically aimed at the support network of the addicted person. They help these people to understand and support their friend or family member, as well as cope with the negative effects the person’s addiction may be having on their own lives.

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Skills such as self-care come naturally to many people, but a person with addiction will usually have forgotten this important practice. Self-care builds self-esteem which is an important element in repairing unhelpful attitudes and thought patterns surrounding addictive behaviour.

Be Open and Honest With Your Family

Having a support network is hugely beneficial to the addiction recovery process. Don’t be afraid to share your emotions and experiences of drug addiction and recovery with your family and friends. They will greatly appreciate you being honest with them, and will want to help you get better.

Practise Self-Care to Build Self-Esteem

Skills such as self-care come naturally to many people, but a person with addiction will usually have forgotten this important practice. Self-care builds self-esteem which is an important element in repairing unhelpful attitudes and thought patterns surrounding addictive behaviour.

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  • How to Access Rehab With Health Insurance

    For those experiencing existing mental health conditions in Ireland, there are private medical insurers who can help you cover treatment. As addiction experts, we know that receiving the appropriate care and support when you have a mental health disorder is pivotal to attaining long-lasting recovery. Below, we will go through the various health insurance options to help you understand your options when it comes to seeking private residential care for substance abuse. Please note that there is no guarantee that you can be covered for all addiction problems as policies are always assessed on a case-by-case basis. Find Out More

  • My Loved One Doesn’t Want Help, What Do I Do?

    You can’t force someone to go to rehab. A person must be ready to commit to treatment if they want to get the most out of the programme. However, there are ways in which you can encourage someone to enter rehab, one of these ways is via an intervention with a trained interventionist, who facilitates an honest discussion between family members and the individual. This is something Smarmore Castle can arrange – contact us today.

  • Which Drugs Does Smarmore Castle Detox From?

    We offer detox from any drug, whether they are illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, ketamine; or prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines or zopiclone, oxycodone, zolpidem, klonopin, methadone, cannabis; and legal drugs such as alcohol.

  • How Long Is the Treatment Programme?

    Our treatment programme starts at 4 weeks and is flexible in length, giving you the opportunity to extend for a longer period if you need it.

  • Do You Treat Dual Diagnosis?

    Yes. All patients are reviewed by a consultant psychiatrist in the first week and we can diagnose and provide treatment for a number of co-occurring mental health conditions.

  • Do I Need to Be Abstinent Before Admission?

    Our medically managed detoxification with 24/7 medical cover means that we can perform complete and complex detoxes at Smarmore Castle. You don’t need to be abstinent before arrival.

  • How Do I Get To Rehab Safely?

    Smarmore Castle is one hour north of Dublin international airport, please speak to our advisors if you require collection from an airport.

    We can also arrange a ‘sober transport’ service with a trusted driver, from anywhere in Ireland or Northern Ireland, at an additional cost.

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