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The Impact of Stigma

  • The Impact of Stigma

    The Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA) recently released survey results which show that 63% of Americans view alcoholism as a “moral weakness.”. 74% of Americans feel affected by someone’s alcoholism and about 40% have encouraged loved ones to seek help for alcoholism. The study also looked at the public’s receptiveness to pharmaceutical treatment for alcoholism, and about 89%…

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  • Perceived Need for Treatment vs Actual Need

    A SAMHSA study showed that of the estimated 21.1 million individuals who need treatment for drugs or alcohol use in 2004 did not receive treatment (Department of Health and Human Services, 2005). 94.2% of these individuals felt that they did not need treatment. This is an interesting phenomenon. Is this demonstrative of the power of denial involved with addiction? It seems important to ask how much…

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