Author releases new book

HOWARD — When people with a substance use disorder consider getting help, they may be reluctant to do so in fear of being called names such as addict, junkie, drunk or some other derogatory term.

The fear of this association is referred to as stigma and, if it keeps a person with a substance use disorder from seeking recovery, it can be deadly.

Howard author Clyde Mighells, Ph.D, has released his new book, “Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction,” in an effort to help those people.

Stigma not only threatens the possibility of treatment but, unless dealt with effectively, can threaten participation in supports for long term sobriety such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, Mighells says.

His book helps the individual or the counselor learn how to deal with this threat thereby reducing the number of people dying from overdose or alcohol related deaths.

Dr. Mighells has worked with clients with substance use disorders for over 30 years and presented training classes for the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs for over six years.

Dr. Mighells is also author of “Fueling Your Recovery” and “Curbing the Opiate Crisis.”