Those of us who work in the field of addiction, or suffer from addiction ourselves, know the stigma that surrounds this illness.
There's another disorder so laden with stigma that treatment is often roadblocked: mental illness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in 5 Americans (43.8 million) experiences mental illness, and nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. As with addiction, the barrier of shame, fear and silence prevent far too many people from seeking help.
And often, addiction and mental illness are connected. This only compounds the stigma that makes treatment for both disorders difficult to access.Read More