There is an inherent shame associated with having either a drug, (which includes prescription medication addiction) and / or an alcohol problem. Admitting you are in recovery, often earns you instant side eye. Regardless of anything else that you have achieved that word is often all anyone sees in you.
It’s the elephant in the room, it’s whispered behind people’s backs, its cost people interviews and this stigmatisation needs to stop right now!
To brand a person for life as an addict or alcoholic is not only cruel but if society has any hope of helping thousands of people recovery, public ridicule only makes the situation worse.
Losing yourself into the depth of active addiction doesn’t happen overnight. It’s not one night bender on New Year’s. It’s subtle and a slow progression where people use multiple substances often in a pattern of repetitive destructive self-medication to escape from deep seated feelings of pain or past trauma. The truth is, it’s not fun being an addict at all.
Despite the fear of relapse, facing the world head on and reintegrating into society knowing that many people will judge you based on your past, not your future potential is tragic.
Everyone deserves respect, you are not a monster, you are a human being who has just as much right to live a happy life as anyone else. In fact, your recovery and your experience of addiction will not only make you a stronger person who is more in touch and in control of their own emotions but also more empathetic to others.