Anyone who is addicted to either substances or behaviors is usually stigmatized, and the society takes the full blame for this.
Stigma is a negative belief system that the society or a group of people hold about a particular entity. It is believed that when the society frowns at something, anyone associated with it would be downtrodden.
The issue of stigmatization is fully present in the addiction process. The society failed to realize that an individual’s addiction is not necessarily their fault. If we were to name one of the factors that makes us human, it is our vulnerability to addiction. And proper study has shown it is no fault of ours.
However, the society greatly frowns at addiction. And rather than provide help, they exhibit prejudice, assumptions and the likes towards people who are addicted. In the process, some of these individuals have driven themselves to the edge.
The fact is stigma is not based on facts. Rather it is hinged on myths, hasty or well-thought out generalizations, assumptions and the likes. And the only way to prevent this from happening is to properly educate people.
When people are aware of the concept of addiction, they would not be quick to jump into conclusions.
Also, they would be able to help out those who are addicted and make sure they get back on track with their lives. The adverse impact of stigmatization is best reduced or prevented when education is in play.
One of the strongest reasons why people do not open up about their addiction problem is the stigma attached to it. They have the conviction that once they tell people about their problem, it would be heard on the lips of other people.
Getting people to accept their addiction is often the hardest phase. But, once they can acknowledge their addiction problem, it becomes easy to provide help for them. People who are addicted need to be treated with care, love and not prejudice.