Those who struggle with addictions to drugs such as heroin or cocaine often find the fact difficult to admit to others. With so much stigma attached to the illness, this is hardly surprising. The media often portrays addiction in a very negative light, and those who find themselves in its grip can be reluctant to let others know because they may fear they will be judged or thought badly of. This can be very damaging because many affected individuals fail to get the drug addiction treatment they need to help them recover.
Stereotyping of Addiction
Many have a particular opinion about what addiction is and about those who are affected by it. Substance abusers are often viewed in a negative light, with most people unable to comprehend that these individuals are ill and that they did not choose to be affected by this illness. Many believe that drug addicts:
- are in constant contact with the police and have a criminal background
- spend much of their time injecting drugs in dark alleyways
- steal from family and friends to fund their habit
- have poor personal hygiene
- do not have any relationship with their family members
- do not have a job
- are under the age of forty
- live either on the streets or in a deprived area
- have no ambition and no prospects.
The reality is that while some drug addicts may fit the above profile, most do not. Addiction is not an illness that affects a particular type of person. In fact, it can affect absolutely anyone, regardless of their age, gender, wealth and status. In fact, many people struggling with drug addiction appear to have it all. Those on the outside might never know they are struggling to cope without drugs because these individuals are what is known as high-functioning addicts. Some addicts can even manage to hide their problems from family members and friends for a while at least.
Long Battle with Drugs
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson is an example of someone who did not fit the profile of the typical drug addict. The socialite was found dead in her home on February 8th (2017) just three years after revealing in a heartbreaking interview with Jeremy Kyle that she had almost died of a cocaine overdose.
Taras long battle with drug addiction was well known, but many of her fans were shocked to hear about the time when she spoke about timing her heart while waiting for it to stop after binging on the drug that had her in its grip for many years.
During the interview, she said through tears, I remember timing my heart because I knew it was going to stop. I remember my telephone was there [points] and I remember crawling on my hands and knees to pick up the phone and call, and then I woke up in hospital. I remember saying my prayers. I knew my heart was stopping.
Tara also claimed that her drug addiction had led to her becoming devious and said that she suffered from psychosis.
Drug Addiction Treatment
Thankfully for Tara, her family sent her for drug addiction treatment in a rehab facility in Arizona. This worked, and she admitted in the interview that she was clean and never wanted to take drugs again. She said, ”I dont have any temptation to take drugs anymore. No, no, gosh no. Drugs absolutely terrify me.
However, Taras years of substance abuse had resulted in her struggling with crippling anxiety, and she admitted to preferring staying at home. She added, I get terribly anxious going out, Ive only been out three times this year. I dont go out to public events. For the last two years, I havent worked. I’ve seen a therapist every single week for the last nine, ten years of my life.
Despite her battle with drug addiction, Tara appears to have been clean, but she revealed just three months ago that she had a new battle to fight a brain tumour. Her death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A post mortem will be carried out to discover the cause of death.
Beating Drug Addiction
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson managed to beat her illness with help from her family and a private drug addiction treatment facility in the States. While most people with addiction to drugs may not be able to afford such a luxury facility, the good news is that there are plenty of options when it comes to drug addiction treatment here in the UK.
Treatment providers are available in all areas of the country, and here at UK Rehab, we work hard to make sure that no matter what ones circumstances, he or she is able to access the help required to recover. We work with private clinics, local support groups, charities and the NHS. Our job is to find the right drug addiction treatment programme for clients, based on their requirements and individual situation.
To do this, we will carry out an assessment of their situation to determine how serious the illness is. We want to match the affected person to the treatment provider that will work best for him or her, and we will work closely with the addict and their family members to make this possible.
If you would like more information on the various drug addiction treatment programmes available or would like to find out more about how we could help you or someone you love, contact us here at UK Rehab today.