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.

Christine Stapleton

Christine Stapleton has been a journalist for 35 years. She is now an investigative reporter for The Palm Beach Post. In 2006, began writing a blog for PsychCentral called Depression on My Mind. Her latest blog, Addiction Matters, draws on her 19 years of sobriety and her coverage of the drug treatment industry in South Florida.

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