Addiction Stigma is Like Cancer to Our Recovery

Stigma lives within all of us Whether it is over use of alcohol or drugs, or mental illness, stigma will impact a person’s well being, quality of life and can lengthen their recovery time. Addiction is one of the most stigmatized health conditions that a person can experience. Whether it is over use of alcohol … More Addiction Stigma is Like Cancer to Our Recovery

When We Fear Others Because of Their Mental Illness, We Fear a Part of Ourselves

Where we reject those who suffer, we also reject a part of ourselves and our humanity recedes one more step. Where we honor those in need, we use the power that we have to help ourselves and humanity to move towards a better way.  If you (or your son or daughter or parent) were living … More When We Fear Others Because of Their Mental Illness, We Fear a Part of Ourselves

Most Days I Do Very Well In Spite of My Mental Illness… And So Do You

People who live with a substance use disorder or a mental illness are more like us than we know. And that may be just what we may fear ___ (My apologies if the accompanying photo seems overly dramatic. One of my more public addictions is iPhone photo apps…) Most of you have never met me. I … More Most Days I Do Very Well In Spite of My Mental Illness… And So Do You

Please Don’t Hate Me Because I have a Mental Illness

“Does it Matter How We Talk About People with Substance Use Disorder?” ___ Most of you have never met me. I am about to write something that may change what you think about me. I am going against the advice of people I respect – my wife and my Psychiatrist. (In fact, even saying that … More Please Don’t Hate Me Because I have a Mental Illness

Is the World Broken? Perhaps. But You and I Possess the Power to Change It

Stigma. Hate. Prejudice. Abuse. Violence. Savagery. Is the world broken? Perhaps. But you and I possess the power to change it. Recovery can take a great deal of time, energy and intention. You will have to face emotions, experiences that you may wish you could forget. Or numb. Or just avoid. I know, because part … More Is the World Broken? Perhaps. But You and I Possess the Power to Change It

Judgment Against Addiction is Alive and Real Today

Substance use disorders are among the most stigmatized conditions in the entire world. Recoveryanswers.org Drug and alcohol abuse are among a list of 18 of the most highly stigmatized social problems or conditions. They rank number one and number four as the most highly stigmatized. The public often may believe that people who are using … More Judgment Against Addiction is Alive and Real Today