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Addiction is one of society’s most misunderstood and rebuked health conditions. That stigma discourages many people from seeking treatment for substance dependence, according to a new report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Research on stigma toward people with substance use disorder (SUD) is relatively sparse, the report adds.

“Characterizing the nature and etiology of SUD stigma is critical for developing tailored and effective interventions to combat it,” wrote psychological scientist Anne C. Krendl and sociologist Brea L. Perry of Indiana University, Bloomington, in their review.

Substance dependence has become a national health threat. Drug overdose rates in the United States have climbed over the past 20 years, driven primarily by opioid and stimulant use. In a recent national survey, nearly 66 million Americans reported abusing alcohol over a 1-month period, and about 20 million reported using illegal narcotics and prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons.

A recent study sheds light on the pervasive impact of addiction stigma, revealing that many individuals refrain from seeking treatment due to societal biases. The stigma surrounding addiction often leads to feelings of shame and isolation, creating a barrier for those in need of support. The research underscores the urgent need to dismantle these stigmatizing attitudes to ensure that individuals struggling with addiction feel empowered to seek the help they deserve.

RehabNear.Me recognizes the profound consequences of addiction stigma on individuals and their willingness to access treatment. Our commitment is to break down these barriers, providing a compassionate and judgment-free space for those seeking recovery. We believe in the transformative power of support and understanding on the journey to overcoming addiction.

If you or someone you know is grappling with addiction but is hesitant to seek help due to stigma, RehabNear.Me is here to offer assistance. Call 855-339-1112 to connect with our dedicated team, committed to providing personalized and stigma-free support. Take the courageous step towards recovery, and let us be your ally in the fight against addiction.

Break free from the chains of stigma. Call 855-339-1112 today to embark on a journey of healing with RehabNear.Me. Our compassionate team is ready to guide you towards a life of recovery, free from judgment and stigma.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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