Nearly two months ago we discussed the dangers of stigma, and the impact it can have on effecting personal change. People can’t get help for a problem is they don’t feel like they can talk about their condition; therefore, being forced to hide their addiction. America has a long history of making addicts and alcoholics feel like criminals. And, like any good criminal, avoiding detection is of the utmost importance.
The last decade, however, has shown a different side of society’s ability to express compassion regarding mental illness. This is a byproduct of the opioid epidemic, which has shown lawmakers and law enforcement the nature of the addiction. They realize now it can affect anyone, no matter their background. With almost 142 Americans are dying of an overdose every day, society can’t talk about addiction as a lack of moral fiber. It is a disease, a disability that requires treatment and continued maintenance. And people’s ability to find recovery is dependent on society’s ability to no longer ostracize addicts and alcoholics.