Why North Peoria Should Participate in Community Efforts to End the Stigma of Addiction

When a child points at a person with a physical disability, parents are mortified.  We explain that it is rude to point, and encourage polite conversation.  We apologize for the child’s behavior.  Why? Because we know that we know that every person should be treated with kindness and respect.

When it comes to addiction, though, there is so much stigma we forget our humanity.  North Peoria can join the conversation and end the stigma. Addicts and families need the support, not the shame and they can also seek help at a drug rehab North Peoria for their drug addiction problem.

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Stigma spreads suffering

As any addict, or loved one of an addict, can tell you, addiction can be painful and isolating.  The lifestyle changes required for recovery may be daunting.  Family, extended family and friends, if an addict is lucky enough to have such supporting personnel around, may all also need emotional support.  There are resources available in North Peoria and other communities, but unfortunately the stigma of addiction may prevent people from reaching out for help.

Before you think it is problems “other people” have, you should know that approximately 24 million people in the United States, or about 1 out of every 10 people over the age of 12, suffer from addiction.  A community problem of such magnitude requires a community solution.

what you can do

In our community, as well as many others, resources exist for round table discussions to help end stigma.  Interested community members can gather with others, or community leaders, to discuss addiction, and the community impact of addiction.  Took kits exist to lead these small group discussions, including possible questions, guidelines, and even tools for facilitators and facilitator training.  Open, guided conversations, respectfully facilitated, help end the stigma.

If you can’t find a community conversation, join the virtual one!  Online resources also exist for conversations about addiction and so can the drug rehab in North Peoria.

what we fear, we avoid

People often fear what they do not understand, and consequently avoid what they fear.  Addiction can be painful, multi-layered and difficult to understand, but we don’t have to fear it, or the individuals who suffer from it.  Instead, referring these individuals to a substance addiction North Peoria can do them justice.

As a community, we can stop pointing a finger, like a child, and instead join the conversation.  Plato said, “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”By conquering our own fears, we can help addicts and communities step into the light.

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