Changing the Way We Talk About Opioid Addiction

We are sharing an article written by Michael Weiner, PhD, MCAP about eliminating the stigma of how we all think about and talk about addiction because we agree with his position.

We, as community members, need to change the way that we think about, talk about, and provide care for people that are living with addiction.

Dr. Weiner says, “Stigma and shame keep people from coming to treatment, and keep people from coming back if they need to. I suspect some still will say that we can’t help people until they are willing to change. A better question might be, “Are we willing to change?” Do we have the courage to change the things we can?”  You can read the entire article by clicking here.

The expert team at AOC supports Michael Weiner position.  We are honored that our patients allow us to care for them and exchange we treat them like the dear friends, family, and community members they are.  Our CEO, Dr. Nick Atanasoff, and his leadership team strategically opened 7 locations throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania so that we can provide care to people where they live.  Click here to see our locations.   Most of our staff live in the locations that they work. So, we really are members of the communities in which we provide care.

If you think you or someone you know might be addicted to prescription pain medications like oxycontin or oxycodone or to heroin, please call 330-259-4849  or email us. Our expert team is happy to answer questions and help you get the help you/ they need and get back to living life free from the chains of opioid addiction.

You can also check out our previous posts including this helpful, “10-Questions to Help Identify Opioid Addiction”

About AOC:

Addiction Outreach Clinic (AOC) provides an outpatient opioid addiction treatment program that includes Suboxone® medication-assisted treatment to prevent cravings and withdrawal symptoms combined with a once-a-month behavioral counseling session to support our patients’ recovery efforts and help them get their lives back. Since 2007, AOC has helped thousands of patients on their path to recovery.


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