We spend a lot of time discussing the stigma of addiction at Potential. Our customers delve deep inside of themselves and call on the reserves of support of friends and family to face a relentless demon.
Once they have made it to the other side of addiction it can be hard to shake the feeling of “otherness” that comes with recovery. Worse still people seem eager to write off the accomplishments of those in recovery tossing off dismissals that suggest addiction was a choice and rewarding recovery is misguided.
We at Potential, all of whom are deeply experienced in the world of addiction treatment, beg to differ. Recovery, even for the most beloved patients, can be a long and lonely process. Even as we praise those successfully navigating opiate rehab and other substance abuse issues there is a sense of loss and regret that is impossible to shake. Positive reinforcement goes a long way in helping to fortify and maintain a patient’s recovery. It also helps encourage others to get the help they desperately need.
Addiction is a disease that can strike anyone anywhere. Those who dismiss recovery and the addicts who struggle through it are making it harder for anyone who makes the brave choice to strive for personal improvement.