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Profitable Alcohol And Drug Restoration Nonetheless Hindered By Stigma – Forbes


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In a recent study in the journal "Drug and Alcohol Dependence" by researchers from Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Am Recovery Research Institute and the Center for Addiction Medicine of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found that many adults recovering from drugs and alcohol still navigate their recovery lives in both "micro" and "macro" forms Discrimination affects discrimination in forms of personal trivialities (mi cro) in violation of their personal rights (macro).

Corrie L. Vilsaint, PhD, a research fellow at MGH, and her colleagues surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,002 US adults in recovery, and found that

50% of the Respondents said others "assumed that I would relapse", 38% said that sometimes they had a higher standard than others, 18% said they felt they had been unfairly treated by the police 16.2% said they did so 7.7% said that they were denied the right to vote, 15.2% said that it was difficult for them to take out health insurance, and 11.2% said they would not that the insurance would not cover part of their medical expenses, and 9.4% said that they were denied the right to vote. All were denied accommodation because someone knew about their previous alcohol or drug problems.

The report addresses some major issues that have arisen in the aftermath of the US opioid epidemic. Discrimination against recovering individuals significantly reduces a person's "recovery capital", increasing the risk of relapse, and increases with about 21 million Americans suffering from addiction (only 10% seek treatment) also the percentage of discriminated persons.

Recovery capital is defined as the sum total of resources required for a successful recovery and is typically divided into four categories:

Social capital – family, friends, and social support, physical capital – access to stable employment, Housing, healthy eating, hobbies, etc. Human capital – personal resources such as skills development, self-esteem, hopes and aspirations, and cultural capital values, beliefs and attitudes related to social inclusion.

Discrimination against them In the four pillars of recovery capital, those in need of rest not only lose weight but also contribute to a higher psychological burden and a lower quality of life, as the study shows.

As the opioid epidemic continues to rage in the US, social discrimination against convalescents has had fatal consequences. "From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 Americans died of drug overdoses," said the Addiction Center. According to a report by the White House, these figures had dropped slightly from 47,600 in 2017 to 47,092 in 2018, but were still nearly four times as high as 20 years ago.

Finally, the report notes that it is still very important to educate the general public about the nature of substance abuse disorders in order to reduce discrimination and promote a better understanding of what is required for successful long-term recovery is. and create a more successful environment for those who want to recover from drugs and alcohol.