Why Stigma is Destructive to Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

The social stigma surrounding mental health and addiction is counter-productive and does more harm than good. A supportive #community that knows what you are going through is essential to #recovery.

Stigma is destructive to recovery. It makes people with mental health or addiction problems feel isolated and ashamed. It prevents people that would have otherwise been supportive- friends, family, peers- from being there because they are also ashamed. Stigma drives people away rather than drawing them close, and when you are in the middle of a crisis, you need a supportive community around you. In this video, Robbi O’Kelley, LCSW, CADCII talks about the topic of stigma.

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