7. Let others know what they are saying and doing is furthering the stigma.
The average person does not understand addiction or how someone could become addicted to drugs or alcohol. The collective mentality is; why can’t they just stop? This problem is seen the most among family and close friends.
Find the information you need to educate everyone around you; by doing this, you are ending addiction stigma. Early intervention will prevent others from verbally attacking the person and pushing them further away.
8. Educate others.
Once you have a better understanding of what stigma is and how to combat it, encourage those around you to do the same. Communities across the nation and the people living within them are connected now more than ever.
Utilize this connection through social media platforms to share what you’ve learned, which makes the fight against stigma stronger. Educate your family, access local community resources, and gain the knowledge you need to help others understand.
9. Share the success of overcoming addiction.
Many people get help with substance dependence but never share their stories. Families perform interventions and save loved ones, but never talk about it.
When sharing success, and telling others your story, it could be saving a life. Rather than focus on what had happened with the addiction, place the attention on what was done to help them.
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10. Substance dependence is prevalent and affects everyone.
Drug and alcohol addiction isn’t a problem that few people face; it is a national issue that needs more understanding and awareness. The consequences of substance dependence affect all demographics and have a far-reaching impact on families and individuals across the nation.
Virtually everyone knows someone who struggles with substance dependence. Applying the above tips in your day-to-day life can make a difference in whether they reach out and get help.
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