Treatment Centers focuses on the latest news in the addiction treatment and mental health treatment fields. We will discuss substance abuse, drug addiction, and process addictions such as gambling and sex, as well as psychiatric and mental health issues.
Treatment for psychiatric and addiction problems has lagged for decades, mainly due to a false belief that these disorder are not as serious as diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. However, substance abuse in particular can be an underlying cause for many of the more “traditional” diseases. Without a compassionate yet scientific approach to the diseases of the mind, we lose people every day to the physical problems caused by drug abuse, alcoholism, and other compulsive behaviors. For psychiatric disorders, without proper intervention and treatment, we end up with many once-productive citizens languishing with depression, bipolar disorder, or other devastating illnesses. Some of these people will commit suicide. Such tragedies may always be with us, but our hope is that they will can be reduced by shedding light on these diseases.
Ignorance and preconceived notions that mental health issues are not “real” diseases has meant that treatment is underfunded or not supported at all. With recent decisions by Congress to insist on parity in insurance policies, meaning people should get the same coverage for mental disorders as they do physical ailments, we may begin to move us toward a more compassionate view of mental illness. Early signs indicate that most people still do not access these benefits because of the stigma attached to treatment. As long as society views people with mental illness as “bad” or “weak” those who could get better will be less likely to seek treatment.
No society can be healthy that allows a certain portion of its population to simply languish because of these prejudices and stigmas. Treatment Centers is a site dedicated to shining the light on the need for a more open, meaningful dialogue about mental health and addiction. The ultimate outcome of changing attitudes will be enormous: more productive people living fuller lives.
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