Our Culture's Perspective on People with Addiction
"Addict" is a stigmatizing word frequently used in our culture to define people who experience addiction. The prejudice against these individuals is widespread. They are viewed as untrustworthy and criminal, which deepens the shame that they experience. This attitude does not recognize the potential for recovery.
Shame can create a cycle of drug use that becomes difficult to overcome. The more shame someone feels, the harder it is to avoid using a drug to escape that feeling.