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Words Matter: Navigating the Language of Addiction with Compassion and Understanding

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Recognizing and overcoming addiction is a journey that begins with the acknowledgment of the problem. Often, the signs of alcohol addiction become apparent either in oneself or in someone close. The realization of addiction is a critical first step towards healing.

When addiction, be it physical or psychological, to alcohol is acknowledged, it becomes imperative to seek professional help. This is where the journey of recovery begins, a path often laden with challenges but also with the promise of a healthier, more fulfilling life.

The Impact of Stigma on People with SUD

Stigma surrounding addiction can deeply affect those with SUDs in various ways:

  • Reduced Willingness to Seek Treatment: Stigma can make individuals with SUDs hesitant to seek the help they need.
  • Stereotyping: Common stigmatizing views lead to feelings of pity, fear, anger, and a desire for social distance from those with an SUD.
  • Influence on Healthcare Providers: Stigmatizing language can also impact the perceptions of healthcare providers, potentially affecting the quality of care provided to people with SUDs.
  • Changing Stigmatizing Behaviors.

To combat these negative effects, a change in behavior and language is essential:

  • Use Non-Stigmatizing Language: Whether speaking with individuals with SUDs, their loved ones, or colleagues, it’s important to use language that reflects a scientific understanding of SUDs and avoids stigma.
  • Role of Health Professionals: As often the first point of contact, health professionals should actively work to reduce stigma and bias, starting with the language they use.
  • Adopt Person-First Language: This approach maintains the integrity of individuals by not defining them by their condition. For example, using “person with a substance use disorder” instead of labels like “addict.”
  • The Importance of Precise Language in Treatment: When discussing treatment options, it’s recommended to use terms like “substance use” for all substances, including alcohol and drugs, and to specify the severity of the SUD. This not only ensures accurate clinical assessment but also aids in developing effective treatment plans. Avoiding terms like “intervention” and instead using evidence-based language can also make a significant difference in how treatment is perceived and received.

The Role of Language in Addressing Addiction

The way we talk about addiction can significantly influence both the perception and the treatment of those experiencing it. Using empathetic, non-stigmatizing language is key. Describing someone as a ‘person struggling with alcohol addiction’ rather than an ‘alcoholic’ can help in shifting focus from the condition to the individual, underscoring their humanity and potential for recovery.

Consider using these recommended terms to reduce stigma and negative bias when talking about addiction.

Privacy and Comfort in Recovery

Each person’s journey through addiction is unique, necessitating personalized treatment plans. This is where facilities like Hathaway Recovery play a pivotal role. They offer evidence-based therapies such as behavioral and experiential therapy, tailored to individual needs. Their holistic approach not only treats the addiction but also aids in personal growth and a fresh start in life.

At Hathaway Recovery, the focus is on providing a serene and comfortable environment conducive to healing. The center prides itself on its luxurious facilities, ensuring privacy and comfort. Staffed by compassionate professionals, Hathaway Recovery offers round-the-clock assistance to support you through every step of your journey.

For anyone struggling with addiction, Hathaway Recovery extends a helping hand. With their commitment to renewing and rebuilding lives, they offer a chance for a new beginning. Confidential assistance is available through their Admission Department at (909-971-3333).

Testimonials

  • Excellent treatment center. Hathaway put on the road to recovery, I been sober 2 years today! Thank you Dena and staff members!

    Mike M.
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  • Hathaway has saved my family. Before we found Hathaway my daughter was suffering with addiction however once we came to this facility the staff took her in and she felt comfortable and by a couple months she was ready to come back home fully recovered. Thank you Hathaway Recovery for saving her and thank you for the wonderful staff.

    Gabby H.
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  • First I’ll start by saying that, this facility is absolutely beautiful! A couple years ago my husband Tony attended Hathaway Recovery in Claremont Ca. While Tony was in residential he received every care needed for a successful recovery. Also, he was able to enjoy the home gym at the beautiful Hathaway home, it’s basketball court, pool and etc. which made his stay even more pleasant. I am forever grateful for the man Tony has become ever since his completion. He has two years clean under his belt and many more to come because of the amazing facility. Thanks again Hathaway Recovery and Staff, Keep Continuing Changing Lives, God Bless Diane and Tony

    Diane K.
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  • I came to Hathaway Recovery on court orders stemming from charges due to not taking medications for my mental health. I was fearful of what my future held and what that would look like. I have never been to a dual diagnosis treatment program before, and I didn’t know what to expect. I really didn’t think I had a substance abuse problem but after about 3-4 weeks of group therapy and the counselors here at this facility, I finally realized substance abuse influenced me to not be able to take care of my mental health. With the help of Hathaway Recovery’s team, I was able to build a strong foundation for my recovery that is vital to me and my family. The clinical staff, therapist, case managers, and counselors included, were honest, caring, and really helped me gain the knowledge I needed to build this recovery program and lifestyle. I am forever grateful for the treatment at Hathaway Recovery.

    Transition A.
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  • My brother has been addicted for years. All our family gave up on him. Recently, he completed an inpatient residential program at Hathaway Recovery. This place is blessed and so helpful. It’s very luxurious, you feel like you are on vacation at a beautiful resort. Hathaway Recovery staff is very helpful, understanding and supportive. They all helped him to recover and to become a human again and enjoy his life. This place also supports family members and teaches them how to deal with aftercare to prevent relapse. Hathaway Recovery is the place for those who are struggling with addiction. Thank you for everything!

    Beauty D.
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  • As a Trauma Informed Therapist I was contracted by Dina , the Owner to provide additional Trauma Informed Counseling. She indicated that she was seeking additional clinical services because her client population were enthusiastic about their recovery and she wanted to provide quality care. Working with Hathaway has been magical. This program does not separate addiction and mental health trauma into separate treatments, This program blends together the understanding that addicts have childhood trauma and have habitually used drugs or alcohol to dull their inner pain., Hathaway Recovery provides highly individual services for each client, including bilingual counseling. This is a program that I am proud to be a part of. Susan Pennington, LCSW – Trauma Informed Counseling Services.

    Susan P.
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  • Hathaway Recovery Center is the real deal. They helped me find myself when I was completely lost. After I lost the mother of my child due to a tragic accident. The therapists and counselors truly cared. We made a relationship with each other that was unbreakable. The other clients were awesome roommates and true to me. The house managers were great and the living situations were awesome. If I ever even think about slipping up I’ll be returning. Today I have over one year clean.

    Jimmie R.
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  • After searching many rehabs and after spending so much money to useless facilities we finally found Hathaway . From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank all the staff and all the residents that made my sons recovery easier from beginning to end.

    Gayane A.
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  • Hathaway truly saved my life. I am so grateful to have had an opportunity to go there. I came in at absolute rock bottom, 9 rehabs later and countless sober livings. I can tell you that this treatment center is different then every other one I’ve ever been to.

    Justin J.
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  • After running into some trouble with the law, a substance abuse counselor suggested that I check myself into Hathaway Recovery. Hathaway Recovery helped me get my life back together one step at a time. Through discipline, routine, and structure, I can honestly say that this treatment center has helped me tremendously! The staff are very helpful and caring to each person’s needs, and helped me to realize the beauty of living a sober life.

    Josh M.
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  • Hathaway Recovery stuff saw potential In me when I couldn’t. They showed me a new way of life, a better life. Coming to Hathaway recovery is the best decision I’ve ever made. I’m beyond grateful for everything the program has done for me!

    Gilberto F.
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  • Finally, Hathaway is a Treatment Center that offers a holistic approach to addiction. This center offers a safe place, community and a network to grow with throughout your recovery process. They make you feel that you are NOT alone. The leadership has been in your shoes!!! Hathaway Recovery is more than just a temporary fix, it is a foundation, a movement, a family to be a part of.

    Anthony P.
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  • One of the best places I have been too! They really know how to treat you and very professional!

    Ashley A.
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  • Hathaway Recovery and their staff have been nothing but supportive and understanding throughout our family member’s journey. I truly appreciate all the staff and their hard work. The communication has been great and has provided us a really positive experience. I would highly recommend this facility to anyone looking for a rehabilitation center for themselves or a loved one. Thank you Hathaway Recovery!

    Lilit H.
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  • Hathaway Recovery is a very solid, very friendly place. My boyfriend decided to go here and has spent a significant amount of time at the recovery house. They are very good at bringing clients to meetings and on fun outings occasionally! Hathaway is committed to their clients’ recovery and their sobriety and to helping them in any way possible. They go above and beyond for the clients and I definitely would recommend considering Hathaway for your sobriety/recovery.

    Rena
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  • Hathaway is a warm caring treatment oriented environment to receive help from various addictions and behavioral problematic issues. The location itself is serene and safe.. I enjoyed the both staff/professional’s and patient’s… It has many services available, a very unique place… I recommend anyone to come and receive long-term treatment here at Hathaway…

    Mia
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  • Hathaway Recovery is a very solid, very friendly place. My boyfriend decided to go here and has spent a significant amount of time at the recovery house. They are very good at bringing clients to meetings and on fun outings occasionally! Hathaway is committed to their clients’ recovery and their sobriety and to helping them in any way possible. They go above and beyond for the clients and I definitely would recommend considering Hathaway for your sobriety/recovery.

    Rena
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  • “There was no longer any doubt in my mind that I was in the right place for my drug abuse treatment, “Of all the rehabs I could have chosen, I am glad I picked The Hathaway Recovery Support hope respect and care is what i was offered thanks for everything Hathaway recovery you are the best

    Inga
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  • Hathaway Recovery is an awesome place the whole staff has been so helpful they are very professional and very nice Hathaway recovery is a great place to get your addiction treated my brother is doing very well there and we are so glad they were very understanding and willing to help him.

    Lisa
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  • A very welcoming environment and kind hearted staff that really took care of my relative and cleaned him up. Thanks Hathaway recovery.

    David
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  • When your loved one is sick and needs help you look for the best and I found the best for my son thank you for everything you did for him.

    Makruhi
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    Hathaway Recovery is an exclusive addiction rehab treatment center in California offering healing recovery from all substances. We’re proud to provide a great combination for drug, alcohol, psychiatric and psychological recovery treatment backed by experts in the addiction treatment field. Our drug and alcohol rehab is built on the cornerstone of care and compassion and accommodates clients and their families from all backgrounds to educate, inform, and create change around substance use disorder. In a secluded mountain hill luxury resort, our facility offers a therapeutic environment and array of clinical modalities to help individuals and their families. Our staff are also multilingual to address the needs of clients from anywhere in the world.



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