Advocacy and Awareness are Essential in the Fight Against Addiction, Says Chapters Capistrano

It’s not easy to change public opinion, notes Chapters Capistrano, but through increased advocacy communities can build support and promote treatment success.

Substance misuse and addiction are subjects that have long been shrouded in secrecy. Due to public shaming and negative perceptions, people have been less inclined to share their struggles and successes fearing the reaction. Through the years this has slowly begun to shift and more people are speaking out and taking a stand to educate others and encourage support. Chapters Capistrano has released a statement to the press regarding the importance of advocacy and breaking down stigmas.

“If we want to change how people view addiction and the effectiveness of treatment, we have to keep talking about it,” says Susie Shea, co-owner of the Los Angeles area drug and alcohol rehab center. “Millions of people are affected every day, yet so many do not get the help they need. They are scared or embarrassed to admit that they or a loved one suffer from addiction. But they need to know that they are not alone.”

According to the Washington Post, “An average of 110 people die each day of overdoses from legal and illegal opiates.” In addition, in 2014 there were approximately 21.5 million people in the United States with substance-abuse disorders. This is not a condition that only affects a small number of people, and the issue continues to grow.

“Not everyone feels comfortable speaking out, and that’s okay,” says Shea. “But there are many who do and their voices and stories can make a difference. By sharing their successes and challenges, they show others that recovery is possible and create dialogue regarding addiction. Unfortunately many people still have misconceptions about substance-abuse disorders, but advocacy efforts can help them to become better educated.”

A major push for awareness and advocacy occurred on October 4, where thousands of people gathered for Unite to Face Addiction in Washington, D.C. The event brought together people from all walks of life and all facets of addiction to make the fight against addiction a more public issue. It is a disease that can be managed like so many others and requires a joint effort from those in active addiction and recovery, families, friends, medical providers, and more.

A study from Johns Hopkins University found that after reading 4,000 vignettes about successful substance misuse treatment, there was a change in attitudes that showed “less desire for social distance, greater belief in the effectiveness of treatment and less willingness to discriminate against persons with these conditions.”

“Change is possible,” asserts Shea. “It is great to see so many people coming together to raise awareness and acceptance of a disease that impacts millions of families. We can’t change everyone’s opinions overnight, but we can take things one day at a time, just like we tell those in drug and alcohol treatment and recovery. More public advocacy is a step in the right direction.”


Chapters Capistrano is a luxury drug and alcohol treatment center located in the city of San Clemente in Orange County, California, with two beautiful ocean-view homes. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact the facility today.

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