A word known and spoken by all. Oh you may think, I do not stigmatize others. Really, how many times do you react and feel indifferent about and from those who you see along the roadside panhandling, how many times do you and I feel a sense of apathy towards what we see because we feel it is not happening in our neighborhood.
Stigmatization is not only when we treat people different by refusing to offer them services based on their present conditions, it is also when our nonverbal communications and attitudes shows an indifferent to the plights of those among us who needs our empathy and unconditional positive regards.
Let begin to change the culture of stigmatization against individuals with substance use disorder by practicing Unconditional Positive Regard.