Stimulant abuse is on the rise for people of all ages. Some people in college use it to pull all-nighters studying. Others take it and become addicted or cross addiction with alcohol for various reasons. Some even get into stealing to get more drugs. The stigma around Adderall is real and takes noticing how it happens and why to combat this challenging issue.

Failure to Seek Treatment

Due to stigma, many people fail to see the need for treatment because they don’t want to be labeled a person with addiction. They often forgo treatment for doing it themselves or just continuing to use rather than try to seek the necessary help.

Medical Profession

Medical providers may also stigmatize people who abuse Adderall and other prescription drugs. People who did not seek treatment often found no reception from the medical community and were slow to recognize addiction as treatable. A better paradigm may be that medical professionals recognize unhealthy, addictive behavior as part of an evidence-based approach to treatment for people who struggle.

Mental Health Profession

Mental health practices routinely miss people with addiction because they discharge them when they seem better but then tell them certain rules apply to get further treatment like being clean of all drugs. Clinicians may believe before help can be given for trauma, the person needs to become abstinent from substances. Many people sent to traditional drug treatment programs end up neither ‘clean and sober’ not receiving good therapeutic help.

Stigma can become a huge roadblock to recovery. Once an addict, always an addict, is some of the language that is harmful for people in recovery. They deserve and require positive, affirming and life-giving ways of engaging with people in recovery. People in recovery face obstacles to treatment and barriers to access for employment, education, and the ability to vote. This may keep people from accessing treatment. To combat this, a person may:

  • Seek stronger support systems
  • Find ways of engaging with people who support them in the system of mental health and addiction treatment
  • Find accountability partners who can keep them on the track once they get into recovery
  • Release judgment of themselves and what others may think

It is easier said than done to release a person from feeling judged who is addicted to substances but it is necessary to feeling better overall in recovery by taking the first step to get better.

A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. Our programs are tailored to help you learn how to live sober in recovery while providing tailored, unique programs for each individual. Our recovery program is staffed by people who understand the power of addiction. For more information sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.