Both mental health and addiction are widely stigmatized. Those suffering from depression might be repeatedly told to “cheer up,” for example. Those suffering from an anxiety disorder might be told to “calm down.” Stigma generally stems from a combined lack of knowledge and misinformation. Those who struggle with addictive disorders often face the same level of judgement and misunderstanding. Some believe that substance dependency is nothing more than a matter of weak willpower. They may believe that using drugs or drinking addictively is a choice. The truth is, those struggling with addiction have completely lost control of their own actions – their brain chemistry has been significantly altered, and they feel that if they do not continuously use their drug of choice they will not be able to function properly. Addiction is a complex, chronic, and relapsing brain disease, and quitting takes much more than ample self-belief or a desire to stop. While addiction is referred to as a “relapsing” brain disease, relapse is not a prerequisite to recovery. However, relapse is common when a consistent and comprehensive program of recovery is not upheld. The risk of relapse increases even further when an untreated mental illness is present.