To help an addict recover from addiction, Mark Britton believes you have to listen to the addict. He’s speaking from experience.
“Not only do I work in recovery, but I’m active in recovery,” he explained. He works as a certified peer specialist in the field, while celebrating nine years clean and sober himself.
What does he believe loved ones should hear from addicts?
“We do not plan to fail. I do not wake up every morning and say, ‘I’m going to fail,” he said. “I do however fail to plan.”
Gateway Rehab's mission is to help all affected by addictive
diseases to become healthy in body, mind and spirit. A key word in our
mission is the word "all." We're not just about the recovering
addict or alcoholic, but everyone involved in the processes of recovery:
friends, family, therapists, counselors, the public in general, and others
touched in some way by addiction.
To help connect those affected by addiction, Gateway Rehab is excited to announce the launching of The Roads to Recovery , a blog that will provide hope, inspiration, motivation, education and other insights about the world of addiction.
Our first blog entry focuses on the lifelong process of addiction. Future posts will help inspire and motivate those in recovery, as well as educate and inform others about addiction treatment and further aspects of the addiction industry. Additionally, there will be frequent posts featuring our founder, Dr. Abraham Twerski.We invite you to connect with The Roads to Recovery by visiting www.gatewayrehab.org/blog . Our hope is that we provide an impactful account of the many roads to recovery.
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Preparing to go to college involves many things to consider, including living arrangements, transportation, finances, managing class loads, and managing healthcare using the resources at your chosen college. As a college student, it’s important to understand that good mental health practices can help you maintain your equilibrium during a period of significant growth and change.
The Stamp Out Stigma campaign was launched in 2014 as
multiple agencies recognized that stigma about mental health kept people from
accessing care. Contrary to common belief, 90 percent of those who seek help
for mental health issues are able to greatly reduce their symptoms. Stigma
about mental health care for those with or without a specific diagnosis is
usually based in misunderstanding and myth. Those false beliefs about mental
illness can cause significant problems, including a lack of understanding or
support, discrimination, reluctance to get treatment early, or a loss of hope.
Other significant facts at the core of the Stamp Out Stigma campaign include:
An estimated 26 percent of adults have a diagnosable
ages 9 to 17 have a diagnosable mental or addictive illness.
One in two of us will have a mental health issue during our lifetime.Less than one-third of adults with a mental health issue will get help.
Stamp Out Stigma seeks to “reduce the stigma of mental illness and substance use disorders by talking about them.” Conversations are designed to:
Recognize when you or your loved ones need help. Recognize the signs.
Recognize when someone isn’t getting the help they need.
Recognize when stigma is creating a barrier to care.
Recognize the high prevalence of mental illness.
others to help them
learn there is help and hope.
Reeducate yourself and others to find the path to recovery and
that it is possible for all.
Reeducate yourself on resources: What are your current benefits?
Who can you talk to? What can you do?
. Reduce hesitation
to seeking care.
Reduce misunderstandings. Reduce bullying and insensitivity.