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Why Is Non-Shaming Treatment Important For A Professional’s Recovery?

Why Is Non-Shaming Treatment Important For A Professional’s Recovery?

A doctor with a drug addiction. A lawyer who drinks alcoholically. A first responder who arrives on the job under the influence. Judges hearing cases while they are intoxicated. Nurses attending to patients and using drugs in the backroom. Pilots flying high on drugs while high in the sky. Psychologists treating addicts when they are addicted themselves. Veterinarians operating on the beloved animals of customers while under the influence. All of these examples are happening in real life at this moment to real people who happen to be professionals and happen to be professionals living with addiction. It takes compassion, empathy, and perspective to realize that these are not professionals with addictions but people with addictions, people who are suffering, sick, and are in desperate need of help.

Unfortunately, society heavily emphasizes the judgements and attachments to the labels professionals face, as well as the label of being an “addict” or an “alcoholic”. Professionals face an unfair amount of scrutiny and shame for their every flaw and mistake, simply because they are professionals. Shame shrouds a clear compassionate perspective in a way that affects laws, regulations, and treatment for professionals.

Coming to terms with one’s own alcoholism or addiction is hard enough to do for individuals without the title, responsibility, and judgement as a professional. When a professional finally decides to open up about their experiences and seek help, they are making a huge decision for their life and taking a risk for their career. Though going to treatment is better for their career overall, the decision can feel like one which goes against their personal name. Overcoming the shame, stereotype, and stigma of addiction is important, which is why a non-shaming treatment program is also important.

Treatment is where professionals go to heal, grow, and evolve. Some believe that a shaming approach is the most effective approach to treating addiction. The majority of the recovery industry understands that shaming is damaging and preventative of recovery. A non-shaming environment creates a safe space where professionals can open up, be vulnerable, and receive the unconditional care they deserve.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

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