Bianca was in her 40s when she was charged with a felony drug sale. She had previously been diagnosed with co-occurring bipolar and cocaine abuse disorders, illnesses that, if left untreated, would continue to fuel her drug use and felonious behavior.
There are approximately 22.7 million Americans who are in need of treatment for drug and/or alcohol-related problems right now. However, many will never seek treatment because of the societal stigmas associated with substance use disorders. Let’s take a look at some of the stereotypes we’ve all heard and possibly believed about people suffering from addiction.