The Solution

Creating a recovery friendly community will help to get people who struggle with addiction the help they need and deserve. When they’re given the proper support, they can begin their healing process. Which in return, will also help heal the community. When a community’s members are healthier, happier, and more productive in society, the community thrives. 

Here at CRA, we strive every day to make the northern Michigan community a recovery friendly one. Below, you will see all the actions we are taking to make this happen. 

Tackle the Misconceptions of Addiction

One of the best way to change the stigma is to clear up the misconceptions people have about addiction. Below are truths about some of the most common misconceptions surrounding addiction.

Addiction is a choice.

While the initial decision to use a substance may be voluntary, the way a person’s brain reacts to that substance isn’t. Misuse of substances changes the brain, which makes discontinuing use challenging without professional help.

Somebody who can’t quit their addiction is just lacking “willpower.”

Willpower alone will not help a person to overcome an addiction. There is physical and psychological damage behind an addiction that needs professional attention. A person battling addiction needs individualized medical and/or clinical treatments, integrative therapies, and mindfulness practices to restore balance to their life.

If you have a career and family, you can’t struggle with addiction.

The idea that all people battling addiction are homeless or struggling to stay off the streets is false. Many people who have substance abuse problems hold down jobs and have families. They mask their addiction well from family and friends and are referred to as the “functional” types.

Addiction should be charged with prison time.

Many people believe that people who struggle with addiction should withdrawal and fend for themselves within the prison system because that’s what they think they deserve. However, individuals who end up in prison while struggling with addiction will most likely continue with addictive behaviors when their prison sentence ends. So, instead of putting people in jail, it’s better to offer these individuals a chance to get the help they need.

A person has to hit rock bottom to get the help they need.

This misconception is actually a dangerous one. Hitting rock bottom could mean a person has finally reached the point where it is too late to get help. Everyone’s rock bottom is different. For some, it could be when they are beginning to live on the streets or have had a nearly fatal overdose. For others, they might not need to experience such drastic circumstances. Their wakeup call may just be when they lose a personal relationship or are no longer excelling at school or work.

Change the Language Associated with Addiction

The words used when talking about addiction plays a big role in the stigma. There are some words and phrases that need to be changed in order to create a more accepting environment for people facing addiction.

CRA has an ever-growing page of resources that will aid anyone in their recovery journey. We are also working to expand our team of staff who will be able to provide in-house services to those who need them. If there is a resource you need that isn’t listed on our website, please contact us so we can get you the help you need.