7 Reasons for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Stigma: By Ryan Jackson

This… this.

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Stigma is a set of pre-conceived false beliefs that people have against a particular group of people. According to the World Health Organization’s website, stigma is a major cause leading to discrimination and exclusion. Not only does it disturb the personal life of a person, stigma can also limit their chances of obtaining proper jobs and housing. The unfortunate thing about stigma is that it’s not based on facts, but rather on assumptions and generalizations that have been embedded into society.

7 reasons addiction carries a stigma

The American Society of Addiction Medicine characterises addiction as a “primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as a ‘chronic, relapsing brain disease” that changes the structure and functionality of the brain.

So, why do so many people still think of addiction as a moral failing? Why…

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9 thoughts on “7 Reasons for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Stigma: By Ryan Jackson”

  1. Ahh Stigma…I feel like I’ve spent a life time trying to shake that nasty lil S word in some capacity. Interesting read…

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    1. Yes! Stigma gets old and it’s because people don’t want to educate themselves on subjects I’ve been stigmatized for having mental health issues, for addiction, for being overweight. I wish I could take credit for this article!

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      1. Write your own article luv! Only you can author your experience and you may have a lot to teach someone with your experiences

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  2. Stigma, I think is derived from an unwillingness to even attempt to understand, which imho is rooted in self-hatred or remorse over things that they thought they could control which is a fantasy. I can forgive them as I am no better.

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