Young People, Addiction, and Stigma


Misunderstandings regarding the relationship between young people, addiction, and stigma can be harmful to those with a substance use disorder (SUD). Stigma involves negative and often inaccurate beliefs that society has about individuals with SUDs and co-occurring mental health disorders. The fear of judgment by others is often why many young adults don't seek help. Receiving treatment early on in their addiction reduces their chance of a more complicated and drawn-out recovery. It is important to understand why younger generations get hooked on substances, the roots of stigmatization in society, and why prompt treatment is needed. Why Do Young People Use [...]