The World Health Organization defines stigma as a set of negative beliefs held about a group that allow for discrimination and exclusion. For those experiencing substance use disorder, they might hear loved ones or the general public call them “junkie” or judge them as morally weak. Seeking an Indiana recovery center is a positive sign. Yet, these messages are hurtful, personal and can make the person wanting help for their substance use avoid treatment and hide their use.
However, the foundation for those stigmatizing others is ignorance of facts and fear of what they don’t understand. This ignorance and fear can be reversed with education and experience. The person who once didn’t accept substance use disorder as a medical disease can become an ally.
If you question whether you should seek an Indiana recovery center for treatment, please consider how much your decision is impacted by messages of stigma you have internalized. You deserve recovery and recovery is possible.