Have you ever refused a drink at a social gathering and felt as if everyone immediately started wondering what was wrong with you? Have you been asked, “Why aren’t you drinking?” and been afraid to answer because you felt like you were being judged, or that you might be forced to admit to having a problem?
These scenarios may have never crossed your mind if you don’t have a substance abuse issue. But if you do, this situation and so many others may feel like a big problem. They are examples of the stigma that people with addictions face in our society every day.