This is definitely possible. Addiction is still very stigmatized in society. We’re always supposed to have our act together, be on 110% all the time, and never show weakness.
And yet, people are surprised when someone hits rock bottom without anyone having the faintest idea anything was wrong.
The fear of being publicly shamed for addiction typically comes in one of three forms: your relatives, people who hardly know you, and potential employers.
Behind Closed Doors
Family members -while they mean well- can say hurtful things such as “I raised you better than that.” or “I’m so glad my kid isn’t like that.”
This can certainly make it hard for you to open up about your problems if you feel like your parents will be disappointed in you.
Getting you the help you need will not only help you get better, but also gives your family the opportunity to learn and understand that addiction is a disease, not a sign of failure on their end nor yours.
Outside Looking In
It’s easy for outsiders to judge your personal situation. While external judgment is a very real thing, it’s still not a reason to avoid getting the help you need.
Addiction doesn’t make you a failure. It almost always means you were dealing with something else before that and addiction was your way of dealing with it.
Rehab not only manages addiction recovery, but also helps patients heal with unresolved trauma that you may not even realize you have.
Know Your Rights
This is a valid concern as using your past against you can prevent you from progressing in your career. Luckily, there are legal protections in place to make sure this doesn’t happen, as long as you maintain recovery.
Addiction treatment is included under Chapter 4  of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which covers individuals “who are currently participating in a rehabilitation program and no longer engaging in the illegal use of drugs”.
Under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employers must give you paid leave while you are getting medical treatment for substance abuse, and you are entitled to get your same job back once you’ve completed the program.