There is no question that it takes a lot of courage to seek help for a drug or alcohol problem. The fear of stigma is a valid reason for many not to ask for help. While there is far less stigma associated with addiction these days than there ever has been, there are still individuals who are struggling with substance addictions and are very much worried about what family and friends think of them if they found out about their addiction problem. Yes, it is understandable to worry about employer, coworkers, or classmate’s judgment and reaction regarding our most personal problem. But does it really matter when it becomes a matter of life or death? When the struggle is so intense that living becomes void of any enjoyment, should we care how we are going to be judged by others when they find out about our disease? There are always those who don’t understand the chronic disease of addiction and have preconceived ideas about it which makes them quick to generalize and judge. Those people are easier to ignore than we might think. Their impact on our lives is minimum when you come to think of it. The ones that are important are the ones who care and are suffering with us going through the struggles of addiction. The important people who we cannot and should not ignore are the ones who are making the effort to let us know there is hope and there is a way to get out of our situation. They are the ones that bring up the subject of treatment at every chance they get, despite the backlash they get every time they bring it up.
One way to acknowledge your loved ones’ support is to take them up on their offer of help and find out about treatment. Generally, consultations are free, conversations are private and confidential.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, please take action by letting them know it is OK to trust again. Let them know, asking for information is not publicizing the private problem. There are laws and rules related to people’s medical conditions which include addiction to drugs and alcohol. It is possible to find out about treatment and recovery options and stay anonymous.
For more information on how private medical information is protected by law, read the HHS information on Health Information Privacy (HIPAA).
Hopefully, a call for information will end up as an opening for the start of the recovery process. A life can be saved by simply learning about available treatment options.
Looking for an addiction treatment center? Florida Center for Recovery offers specialized drug and alcohol rehab programs in Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie County.
For more information call us at: 800-851-3291 You may also chat with us through our website page, or fill out the contact form for quick answers to your questions. There’s no obligation and your call is completely confidential.
Reach out to us. Florida Center for Recovery has been providing onsite detox, comprehensive addiction treatment, and aftercare programming since 2002.
Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.