One of the biggest deterrents people face regarding getting help for addiction is the social stigma of the disease. Like most things that are not well understood, people draw their own conclusions, often based on fear. For time immemorial people have looked at those who drink or drug in excess as being weak-willed or lacking moral fiber. Saying to themselves, ‘why don’t they just stop?’ To which an alcoholic would counter, “would that it were so simple.”
It has only been in the last hundred years of human history, that successful recovery has become a reality for individuals. In turn, it is the first century that the general public has realized that there is truth to the idea that addiction is not a question of willpower. That with compassion and support, rather than spurn and scorn, people can be encouraged to seek a new path.