therapist consultation of woman struggling with heroin use

People Who Use Heroin Are Still Stigmatized: How to Help Them Seek Support

Dependence and heroin use has grown a lot over the last decade. Heroin used to be less prevalent, but now dependence is increasing across all age groups, regardless of income or socioeconomic status. Heroin use has doubled among those who used to have lower rates of use (women and people who are white). For some…

How do I Get Over the Stigma of Addiction?

One of the biggest issues our society faces on a daily basis is the very real issue of stigmatization. Whether it is the stigmatization of an individual based on their color, gender, sexual orientation, or habits, human nature has a funny way of lumping certain people in a group and reducing them to something unpleasant.…

How Guilt And Shame Prevent Treatment For Addiction

  The open discussion of addiction to drugs and alcohol, along with other mental health issues, was once almost forbidden. These types of problems were kept hushed up, with great emphasis placed on how shameful it was to have these kinds of problems in your family. Men were labeled as weak, women were simply said…

Men Face Stigma And Shame When They’re Depressed

  What defines a man? Ask society as a whole and you might get a frontier-era image of a man hauling wood, building a home, and providing for his family. Men, according to society, are strong, clear-headed, balanced, always know what to do, always do what they know they need to do, and don’t have…