addiction stigma

Stigma: Dealing with the Family

Stigma: Dealing with the Family

"Guilt is one side of a nasty triangle; the other two sides are shame and stigma." - Germaine Greer I remember one of the most shameful days of my life as if it were yesterday. I was in my late twenties living in North Philadelphia. The Bad Lands. Crack cocaine had...

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Stigma: Stigma Free

Stigma: Stigma Free

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer Decriminalization of Drugs? The Portugal Addiction Treatment Approach Everyone knows substance abuse is...

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Stigma in the Workplace Pt. 2

Stigma in the Workplace Pt. 2

“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.” - Bill Clinton REENTERING THE WORKPLACE While putting a life back together after alcohol and drugs have torn it apart, inevitably part of the equation at some point will entail returning...

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Stigma in the Workplace: Part 1

Stigma in the Workplace: Part 1

"At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distraction. – Michelle Obama” Demographically substance abusers will fall under...

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The Stigma of Addiction

The Stigma of Addiction

I have written on this topic more than once spanning the course of nearly 10 years. The awareness of addiction in that period of time has increased significantly, and yet one thing persists--the stigma attached to it. I don't know if we will ever get past it but...

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