Addiction affects nearly everyone in our society: whether this person is ourself, our significant other, our child, our neighbor, or our friend. The truth is that addiction is everywhere, and yet people seem to have a hard time talking openly about it.
Individuals suffering from addiction are often looked at as having bad morals and being bad people; they are often looked down upon, belittled, ignored, and even abandoned. These individuals are battling not only a disease, but a stigma- a stigma that leaves people feeling defeated, alone, and afraid to ask for help.
Addiction not only impacts the individual suffering from addiction themselves, but it also deeply affects anyone that cares about that person. Often times, loved ones think that they have no issues, when in reality, their addiction is taking them down a long dark road, dragging the people they care about along for the ride. They may not be able acknowledge & address the real issues going on because they don’t have anyone to talk to about them.
It’s time we change the way we think about addiction. Individuals suffering from addiction are people. They are our family, our friends, and people we see every day. It’s time that we speak up and talk about these issues so that people can get the help they so desperately need. Stigma enables these individuals to remain sick. Support is what they need to get well.
Uturn4change was created by the Allied Trades Assistance Program as an effort to create conversation about addiction, and about all the individuals impacted by it. Keeping these individuals and their stories a secret have allowed addiction to flourish. We hope that you will be a part of a movement for change & help those struggling get their lives back. We hope that you will commit to change and help us to end the stigma against addiction.