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STIGMA OF ADDICTION

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USA Today published an article by Betty Klink entitled "Number of Older Adults Treated for Substance Abuse Doubles." In the article, an expert in substance abuse mentions the possible link between the higher statistics of those seeking treatment and the decreased stigma attached to getting professional help. Although I got sober when I was 31 and this report refers to adults 50 or older, I believe public misconception about addiction is major hurdle to recovery.

I chose to be in disguise for this website for many reasons, including the stigma of addiction. I am a working professional with a family and a four year old son who worries how unwanted public exposure might adversely affect my relationships at work and in the community. While I am proud of my efforts in recovery to stay sober and help others, I am also aware of public perception of addicts/alcoholics. It's unreasonable to expect people without addiction to understand the disease when stories about people driving drunk and killing entire familys streak the headlines.

On the other hand, shows like A&E's Intervention, educate the public on the disease of addiction and encourage individuals such as those measured in the study to pursue treatment. When I was in the height of my addiction, the internet did not exist. To get an education on my illness, I had to walk into a Barnes and Noble and purchase a book with the word addiction in its title. The stigma of addiction prevented me from doing so and thankfully today, it doesn't have to be that way.

Best,

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P.S. To learn more about my experience with the stigma of addiction, watch my welcome video on the home page.

 

 

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Cate Stevens. Founder of Addictionland.com, has over fifteen years of recovery from food, drug, alcohol, cigarette and unhealthy relationship addiction. Cate’s approach to recovery is based on the 12 steps, as well the practice of spiritual principles, exercise, good nutrition, and meditation. Cate’s personal, ongoing recovery process has benefited tremendously from the free sponsorship of other women.

Cate has successfully coached hundreds of women to develop specific, daily action plans to support their personal and professional goals. Cate majored in journalism and communications and is the author of "Addictionland: Key Lessons from My Rollercoaster Ride to Freedom from Food, Drug, Alcohol, Cigarette and Unhealthy Relationship Addiction", a series of powerful vignettes.

As a motivational speaker, educator and coach, Cate is highly effective and inspirational. Cate leverages her experience from premier sales, management and leadership training programs to teach her clients how to be sober, productive and fulfilled.


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