Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness and Addiction

Man Contemplating Stigma and Addiction

Currently, there is a negative connotation associated with mental illness as well as addiction. These stigmas have been created based on years of false information and unfair judgments, and don’t have to be stood for in 2018. At CASA Recovery, we know that mental illnesses and addictions are not your fault. The only way to fight the stigma is to act with compassion towards others and not assume the worst.  

Stigma from the Outside

People suffering from mental illness and addiction face a lot of stigma from the outside world both before and after treatment. The general public is misinformed about mental illness and addiction, making false general statements and stereotyping. Educating the people around you about mental health as well as addiction and recovery is a way to help improve the public perception. Whether you talk to your local church, a school, or even just friends and family, every step is important in curing the negative stigma around mental illness and addiction.

Stigma from Within

Not only is it hard to face the stigma from the outside world, but there is also a stigma that people with mental illness or addiction face within. It is hard to overcome what others are saying, but when the stigma is coming from your own head, it is even harder to defeat your own inner demons. The most important lesson to carry is that there is nothing wrong with having an addiction and there is nothing wrong with having a mental illness. Both are very treatable, often simultaneously.

Make a Change at CASA Recovery

Overcome your addiction and help stop the stigma at CASA Recovery. If a loved one is suffering from addiction and mental illness, the most important thing that you can do is try to understand their feelings from their point of view. Keep their best interests in mind and be patient. People suffering from mental health issues and addiction just need someone in their corner to treat them like a regular person.

If you or a loved one is suffering from mental illness and an addiction, contact us today to see what we can do to help. We would love to help you improve your overall health and wellness with our programs here at CASA Recovery. Contact us today for more information.