Stigma Injury

  • Untreated self-stigma can lead to more complex internalization of shame and low self-worth
  • Can include fear of emergency departments, helping professionals, medical providers, and peer supports.
  • Intense feelings of shame and dishonesty
  • Must be offset with generous and compassionate gifts of dignity, empathy, kindness, respect, and listening.
  • Therefore the education starts with the person who uses drugs.