January 4 2016


breaking the stigma


The sign of social unacceptability: the shame or disgrace attached to something regarded as socially unacceptable

In an article summarizing the HBO Special, Addiction: Stigma and Discrimination, Coping with the Stigma of Addiction, Dr. David L. Rosenbloom, Ph.D states:

Stigma is one of the meanest and most difficult aspects of addiction because it makes it harder for individuals and families to deal with their problems and get the help they need. Society imposes stigma – and its damage – on addicts and their families because many of us still believe that addiction is a character flaw or weakness that probably can’t be cured.

The stigma against people with addictions is so deeply rooted that it continues even in the face of the

scientific evidence that addiction is a treatable disease

and even when we know people in our families and communities living wonderful lives in long-term recovery.

(Rosenbloom, 2015)

How many lives will be lost before people realize that Addiction is a Treatable Disease. The category I am speaking of is “Heroin.” There are so many Children, and adults that are afflicted with this disease, and yet no one really understands that the problem exists until, one of their own Children has taken the drug.

There needs to be more education. For everyone to understand the consequences. That we have to accept for our children to become rehabilitated.

Stigma is such a challenge in our society. Stigma is branding our Children from recovery. Why? Because of the fear of someone finding out that your child has done something “unthinkable”. It takes on a whole new meaning of being a parent. What will my family and friends think? It’s a dark day when you get phone calls from them and you think that, you have to explain what happened to your child.

Why is it any different than, your child being in the hospital for a chronic illness? Because it is foreign, there was a choice to be made. The taboo of chemical substances being taken. By someone to young to understand that the substance can kill them at any time.

This is truly an accident. When children start to experiment with drugs they are not thinking of what is going to happen, because they are at the age when fearlessness enters the picture, “Oh I just want to get high” they say. In their frame of mind it is o.k.

“What could happen to me, I’m gonna feel good!”

When they keep doing it and try various drugs, that is when the chemicals in these drugs takes them over.

There is no turning back because they become


Yes your embarrassed, Yes they have disgraced you and the whole family.

But as a parent you have to get over the fear, of what everyone is thinking and put it aside. Your focus is to getthat child into rehabilitation. Your fighting for your child’s life. The same way that the child with a chronic illness is fighting to stay alive.

His parents sit at his bedside and hope he will recover!

Fear of what other people were thinking never bothered me. I felt, I had to do what was needed to keep our family together. And find the best possible way to get my Son, into rehabilitation as soon as possible.

Family and friends were very supportive because they loved My Son. They cared and when the phone rang all I heard, was the love and support coming from all of them. Their actions put me at ease, and gave me the confidence to do what had to be done.

It was a long journey for him to agree that he was ready for rehabilitation.

That was the time that we sat and hoped that our son was going to recover from his chronic illness!

Now that My Son is a Rehabilitated Addict, I am not afraid for anyone to know because he survived. Where there are so many Mother’s crying, because their children have died. He chooses to be called a Rehabilitated Addict. I respect him for that, he fights everyday to have a good life. He is an example of how a Rehabilitated Addict, survives in a world that puts “Stigma” on the face of a disease so horrible, that it is all consuming. In every aspect of life. When a person is rehabilitated, they are “Drug Free“!

Drug Free is a Celebration that “They SURVIVED!”

 There is No Stigma in Survival