Stigma. We let it bet the hell out of us. It’s not so much the stigma we feel when someone says something nasty about a junkie or makes fun of a stumbling drunk. It’s the stigma that comes from within – how we beat ourselves up when we relapse.
If you want to know what I’m talking about – how it feels – listen to Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis’ song Starting over. It’s about Mackelmore’s relapse after the huge success of the group’s LP, The Heist.