Premier addiction recovery center breaks addiction stereotypes that stigmatize a successful rehabilitation with educational events
LAS VEGAS — Solutions Recovery Inc., a leading addiction treatment center in Las Vegas, brings awareness to several myths about addiction that can undermine recovery through its ongoing education Lunch and Learn educational awareness event at their Wellness Campus. On Friday, Feb. 26 from 12 to 1 p.m., Holly Davis, clinical professional counselor-intern for Solutions Recovery, will discuss the reasoning behind addiction myths and stereotypes as well as how these can impede the progress of an individual’s recovery. Solutions Recovery aims to bring attention to the truth behind addiction as well as debunking these myths through their work with clients and ongoing educational programs.
“It’s about combatting the stigma,” said Davis. “We’re seeing very few people suffering from symptoms of addiction seeking treatment. We need to teach these individuals how to advocate for themselves.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 6 people a day die from alcohol poisoning in this country. The pandemic doesn’t just stop there, though as Davis notes, illicit drug use is on the rise especially among prescription drugs and heroin. The CDC recently noted that heroin deaths are up 289 percent since 2002.
The stigma begins with myths surrounding the idea of addiction, including the idea that addiction is a choice or that people get addicted to one type of substance. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), those who suffer from alcohol use disorders are “18 times more likely to use other drugs like prescription drugs.” In 2015, approximately 4 million women and 5 million men reported misuse of prescription pain medicines, this doesn’t include the number of individuals who are also addicted to alcohol or illegal drugs.
“Unfortunately, many individuals seeking addiction rehabilitation are hindered by the stigmas set aside by society,” said David Marlon, president of Solutions Recovery. “It’s imperative that we dissolve the predetermined misconceptions behind addiction and open the lines of communication to provide those seeking recovery access to the best help possible.”
Another one of the biggest myths is believing that those addicted to prescription drugs fit within specific stereotypes than those addicted to illegal substances. NIDA notes that there were 24.6 million individuals aged 12 and older who used illicit drugs in 2013.
“Addiction doesn’t discriminate between one individual over another,” said Marlon. “Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain and it does not differentiate between a person’s sex, culture, ethnicity or class.”
To learn more about Solutions Recovery’s services, please email Jessica Kantor at JKantor@solutions-recovery.com or visit www.solutions-recovery.com.
ABOUT SOLUTIONS RECOVERY
Solutions Recovery Inc., is Southern Nevada’s premier licensed residential drug and alcohol treatment center. The organization serves as a qualified, Joint-Commission accredited vendor licensed to operate residential facilities by Clark County and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public and Behavioral Health. The organization is also certified by the Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment Agency for treating co-occurring disorders.
Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services serves the seriously mentally ill by providing 24-hour crisis services, a medication clinic, acute short-term and long-term inpatient hospitalization, outpatient psychotherapy services and psycho-social rehabilitation.
For more information about Solutions Recovery, please call 702-228-8520 or visit www.solutions-recovery.com.