Stigma Keeps Alcohol Abusers from Getting Treatment
Information based on a study of 34,653 individuals in the general population (6,309 of whom had an alcohol use disorder) drawn from the National Epidemiologic Survey of Alcohol and Related Conditions, the researchers also discovered that individuals with an alcohol abuse disorder who apparently received a negative stigma were 0.37 times less likely to seek treatment for their alcohol abuse.
Statement from Katherine Keyes, PhD,
"People with alcohol disorders who perceive high levels of alcohol stigma may avoid entering treatment because it confirms their membership in a stigmatized group.” Given that alcohol use disorders are one of the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in the United States, the empirical documentation of stigma as a barrier to treatment is an important public health finding.”
Not all treatment plans leave an alcohol abuser with a stigma. However it is understandable that no one wants to be labeled whether it is true or not. Many alcohol abusers fear they will lose their jobs, friends or be looked down upon because of their alcohol abuse. These individuals need to find a treatment facility that will allow them to keep their alcohol abuse within the four walls of the treatment center.