2017 Featured Partner: DrugRehab.com
Our 2017 featured partner is DrugRehab.com.
DrugRehab.com provides comprehensive information, resources, and tools to allow people to overcome addiction and lead happy, healthy lives in recovery. Featuring the journeys of real people who have achieved sobriety, DrugRehab.com shares stories of hope and inspiration with those affected by alcohol, drugs and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Alcohol is a dangerous legal substance and is the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Having a drink may not seem unsafe, but excessive amounts of alcohol can cause damage to the body. Alcohol-related liver disease is the main cause of approximately 1 in 3 liver transplants, and alcohol use may contribute to liver cirrhosis, cancer or serious injury.
Each April, people across America have the opportunity to decrease the stigma associated with alcohol use disorders and become aware of their own drinking habits. Created as a way to help reduce stigma and educate communities about alcoholism and recovery, Alcohol Awareness Month was founded in 1987 by The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
Substance use disorders and mental illnesses can exist simultaneously. Of the 23 million Americans struggling with addiction, nearly 14 million suffer from some form of mental illness. Typically one disorder heightens the effects of the other, and having both a mental illness and a substance use disorder can complicate the road to recovery.
Those with a mental illness may dismiss their use of drugs or alcohol as a way to handle their mental state, and someone with a substance use disorder may be unaware that their mental health is at risk. Read More
Why Is There Stigma?
When an individual feels shamed by others because of a particular circumstance or quality, they may be feeling the effects of stigma. Addiction is not a choice. And those who believe it’s a moral problem may be unaware that addiction is a chronic brain disease with devastating effects. Read More.
Many people don’t understand addiction. This chronic brain disease can impact individuals from any community, race or socio-economic background. While some think those suffering from addiction chose to be in the situations they are in now, the truth is that a variety of factors influenced those decisions. Read More.
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