A comprehensive look at stigma

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Bill White takes a comprehensive look at stigma and how it is best tackled in addicted and recovering people in a blog post. He touches on the argument that stigma can be a good thing (acting as a deterrent to others to try drugs) and finds it wanting. He looks at the evidence that stigma […]

Do we disable people by calling addiction a disease?

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I spotted a tweet a few weeks back vigorously opposing calling addiction a disease. A few weeks before this, someone I follow on Twitter was advocating for the terms “addict” and “alcoholic” to be abandoned because they are stigmatising. I thought of the tens of thousands of recovering people meeting weekly in Britain’s six and a […]

Riff raff not welcome – the poison of professional stigma

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Why do some health care professionals turn their noses up at the prospect of treating alcoholics or addicts? GPs can opt out of offering evidence-based opiate replacement therapy (ORT) to opiate dependent patients. They don’t opt out of treating hypertension or diabetes. And this is by no means a primary care issue. Generic mental health […]

Stigma – a good thing?

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Stigma discredits individuals and groups, reducing social status and creating ‘spoiled identities’, says Goffman. It’s not a good thing. But hang on a minute – might it have a positive function? Could it actually help in terms of public health? Help by changing behaviour through societal pressure. If so, that would be a good thing, […]

Help crush stigma – take the survey!

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Stigma is the theme this week on Recovery Review. At least it looks like it is turning out that way. Here’s a call to action and even though it looks slightly parochial (England only? Really? Have you jettisoned Scotland already?) I’m still going to be a good UK citizen (for the moment at least) and […]

Time to deal with ‘junkies, alkies and smackheads’

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A few years back, I complained to a newspaper over a headline referring to someone as a ‘junkie’. I said it was pejorative. The newspaper didn’t feel there was a case to answer. A friend wrote to the Press Complaints Commission who said the complainant had to be the person that the headline was about – effectively […]

Community recovery capital – Guest blog by Prof. David Best

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Fertile ground for recovery journeys My last trip to the UK revolved around a wonderful conference hosted at the University of Chester by the Higher Power Project – interesting people and a great meeting full of innovative and interesting recovery ideas. It was also a really good combination of national policy figures, academics and local […]

Stamp out stigma

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Stamp out stigma. That’s the aim of a new campaign in the United States which recognises the challenges addicted people and those with mental illness face in their attempts to recover. It’s not that long ago since a report on stigma in Scotland, (part of a larger report on stigma in the UK) was published. […]

The disease of addiction. Disabling?

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I spotted a tweet earlier today vigorously opposing the notion of addiction as a disease. A week or two back, someone I follow on Twitter was advocating for the terms “addict” and “alcoholic” to be abandoned because they are stigmatising. I thought of the tens of thousands of recovering people meeting weekly in Britain’s six […]