Building Bridges Gala
Register Now
99 Quentin Roosevelt Blvd. Suite 200, Garden City, NY 11530
+1 (516) 539 0150
+1 (516) 539 0160

Breaking Free: Reducing the Stigma of Addiction

woman putting her hand up to say enough is enough

For many individuals struggling with substance abuse, the journey to seeking help can be a long and challenging one due to the stigma of addiction. As Dr. John Kelly, the founder and director of the Recovery Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, says, “People who feel more stigmatized are less likely to seek treatment…”. Meanwhile, the focus should be on these individuals’ strength to make a change and seek treatment.

The Unfortunate Power Other People’s Opinions Can Have

The stigma surrounding substance abuse is deeply rooted in misconceptions and biases. Many people still view those with an addiction as a failure or simply a controllable personal choice rather than a treatable medical condition. This stigma can be devastating for those who are struggling, making them feel ashamed, isolated, and alone. A survey from 2021 showed that 10.4% of people who thought they needed substance use treatment did not seek any out for fear of negative attention within their communities.

a sad woman looking out a window

EAC Network Offers a Safe and Judgment-free Environment

We at EAC Network know that addiction is a complex and sensitive issue that affects individuals from all walks of life. No one should be made to feel ashamed or be shunned due to needing help, especially those seeking it out. Our New Path Treatment Center offers a comprehensive and compassionate treatment program that not only addresses the underlying issues of substance abuse but also recognizes the value and dignity of each individual, providing a safe and nurturing environment that fosters healing and growth. Here are some of the services provided:

  • Intensive outpatient services
  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Peer services
  • Family services
  • Specialized groups for men & women
  • Anger management
  • DWI group (approved by NYS OASAS)
  • Medical/Psychiatric screening services
  • Medication Assisted Therapy
  • Power and Control (formerly known as Batterers Intervention)
  • Treatment and medication management for those with co-occurring disorders
  • Referrals for those in need of detoxification, medical, social services, and inpatient treatment

With Self-Esteem, the Stigma of Addiction Can Fade

When individuals have strong self-esteem, they are less likely to be affected by the stigma of addiction and can focus on their recovery. It is a very fundamental approach. If you feel better about yourself, you are more willing to endure what it takes to continue your recovery journey. This principle is part of the foundation of EAC Network. We empower, assist, and care for all the individuals in the five boroughs, Rockland County, and across Long Island. The goal is for every individual to feel empowered to push past the stigma of addiction and reclaim control in their lives.

woman standing on a rock looking out over the ocean arms in the air

Empowering, Assisting, and Caring: The Core to All Success Stories

Through programs like the New Path Treatment Center and our “Your Streets. Our Streets” campaign, EAC Network is dedicated to providing individuals with access to the treatment and services they need. We look to build individuals back up, not only for their benefit but also for the benefit of the entire community.

Special Thanks