“Drug and alcohol stigma does happen and does have consequences.
Stigma is when a person, or group of people, are seen in a negative way or myths are believed about them. This may be because of a particular characteristic such as a disability, mental health condition or drug and alcohol use.
Drug and alcohol stigma:
- stops people who need treatment and support from getting help as they feel judged
- affects the friends and family of people struggling with an alcohol or drug problem
- affects organisations and people who provide support
People struggling with an alcohol or drug problem should get the same support and treatment as those with any other health condition. This should be without fear of judgment.”
Find more from NHS Scotland (UK, December 2021)