Oh, the irony of addiction and stigma.
To make a successful camping fire you have to kindle the wood appropriately. One of the biggest challenges I see in addiction is facing and overcoming stigma. Stigma’s are beliefs imposed by friends, family, and communities onto others. Ironically, stigma’s are precisely what fuel addiction. Stigma’s kindle addiction. Some of the stigma’s I see everyday include:
- Addiction is a character flaw
- Addiction is a weakness
- “Why don’t they just stop drinking?”
- Addiction only happens to a lower socioeconomic level
- Addicts are criminals
- Addicts are dangerous