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Category: Stigmatization

Addiction and Society | Death and Dying | Family Addiction Help | Stigmatization

Grief & Stigma – When the Opioid Crisis Hits Home

Grief I lost two friends to drugs and alcohol recently. One of them I’d known since high school. We weren’t close anymore, but my memories of him are fond. He was a good kid, and

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Addiction Research & Theories | Stigmatization

Stigma of Addiction: How Perceptions of Alcohol or Drug Dependency Shape the View of Addiction in Canada

Canadian sociologist James Livingston and his colleagues examined 13 studies on the effects of stigma on addiction and concluded that certain stigmas negatively affect those seeking help for drug use. Although society attempts to discourage

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12 Steps of AA | Addiction Research & Theories | Bill Wilson | Movies on Addiction | Stigmatization

I’m Out of Control and Defective: Dominant Narratives of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

It’s very interesting that most research in the addiction field—at least, research in the US and Canada, — ends up with the same conclusion. Here’s the conclusion… The drug takes over the person, leaving them

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The Bigger Struggle with Saying Powerless, Addict, and Alcoholic

Correct and appropriate terms have always been an issue. What is politically correct? What is ethical and compassionate? What avoids shame and guilt? Multiple Professionals in the Addiction Industry With the addiction industry in Canada

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Addiction and Society | Addiction Treatment Help | Public Policy | Stigmatization

How Insite Can Benefit by Switching to “Abstinence-Friendly” Treatment

Since Insite, North America’s only medically supervised safe injection facility, opened in 2003 in the DTES of Vancouver, BC several published peer-reviewed studies have concluded that the facility’s harm-reduction strategies are effective in reducing HIV

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Addiction and Society | Disease Model of Addiction | Exploring Addiction | In the News | Stigmatization

Attribution Theory, the Media, and Why Addicts Get No Sympathy

The news media serves an important role in society when they not only report, but also help explain current events. The suicide of actor Robin Williams is a case in point. Judging by the extensive

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Addiction and Society | Stigmatization

For Rob Ford, Rehab is a ‘Damned if I Do, Damned if I Don’t’ Proposition

Watching the media scrum that surrounds Mayor Rob Ford reminds me of a classic scene from The Elephant Man: How is this any different? The media, more concerned with getting the story than understanding the

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Addiction and Society | Stigmatization | Workplace Substance Abuse

Addiction Stigmas and Workplace Productivity

Stigmas don’t Reflect Evolution of Addiction Junkies, prostitutes, dilapidated homes, scattered needles – these are all images often associated with addiction. As stigmas associated with addiction change and morality and emotions become less involved in

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Addiction and Society | Addiction Research & Theories | Defining Addiction | Disease Model of Addiction | Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | In the News | Our Policy | Our Program | Responsibility | Shame and Guilt | Stigmatization | Treatment Philosophy

Most Addicts Believe Rob Ford is Responsible for His Actions

Last week, Toronto mayor Rob Ford admitted to smoking crack following confirmation that police had obtained a video proving the allegation. A few days later, Mr. Ford hoped to minimize the consequences of using an

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Movies on Addiction | Shame and Guilt | Stigmatization

Flying High: An Analysis of the Film “Flight” – Part 3

Combine these themes into one broader concept and there is a more curious idea present. Why does one’s addiction or negatively viewed behaviour trump positive actions performed by that individual? While Whip’s frustration with the

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Prevention | Stigmatization

CAMH’s Misguided ‘Defeat Denial’ Campaign

By Daniel Jordan Director What you resist, persists. ~ Carl Jung (1875 – 1961) The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has a new campaign to eliminate the stigma of mental illness: “Defeat Denial.

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Exploring Addiction | Shame and Guilt | Stigmatization

Signs You’ve Internalized the Stigma of Addiction and 3 Ways to get Past it

Society’s Role in the Stigma of Addiction Many addiction experts believe that one of the greatest barriers to recovery is clients’ internalized the stigma of addiction. In other words, clients think of themselves as ‘failures’, ‘diseased’,

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Relapse, Addiction & The Stages of Change

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Relapse, Addiction & The Stages of Change

Relapse and Fear For families with loved ones in recovery from addiction, the R-word is a very scary word. Family members typically fear relapse because they make sense of it as a disaster or failure

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