Perception (Photo credit: Genna G)
Today is a new day , I don’t need to use today. Today is going better than yesterday so far …wow I’m really at a loss for the cause of yesterday as it’s a mystery to me. The day was pretty much a complete loss in one way as nothing productive came of it , on the other hand I did make it through without drugs or cigarettes . I really didn’t learn anything but that I can make it through these hard times .
The social phenomenon known as public perception can be seen as the difference between an absolute truth based on facts and a virtual truth shaped by popular opinion, media coverage and/or reputation. Celebrities, politicians and corporations all face the same scrutiny by the public they serve, and it can be very difficult to overcome a negative public perception. While individual companies may strive to do the right things for the right reasons, public perception of the industry as a whole can make those things much more challenging to put into motion.
The debate over whether addiction is a brain disease or a moral failing is not new to the scientific or medical community. Most would agree that addiction is in fact a brain disease. However, many are concerned that society continues to unfairly stigmatize those affected, thus rendering them unwilling to seek the treatment they need. Even after years of public statements that drug addiction is a disease, many continue to subscribe to a moralistic view of addiction and to see addicted people as immoral, weak-willed, or as having a character defect requiring punishment or incarceration. This stigma may serve a useful function to the extent that it may discourage some individuals from starting to use these drugs, However stigmatizing any disease keeps some afflicted individuals from getting help for themselves and often prevents family, friends, and employers from acknowledging the existence of a problem and urging a loved one or colleague to seek treatment.The stereotype that drug abusers could change their behavior if they were sufficiently motivated is inconsistent with understanding the complex multiple factors involved in addiction. When policymakers view drug abusers as untreatable or undeserving of public support, treatment programs, insurance coverage, and research and training programs may be underfunded or abolished. I do feel the programs I have been going to are not as driven as they should be…
I am a believer of this society manufacturing certain problems , and trying to shove them under the rug so to speak when they get out of hand . I don’t know either way if addiction is a brain disease or lack of will, all I know is our doctors seems to prescribe certain drugs knowing our people will be addicted . These drugs are given to freely and this piece of our medical community needs to be revisited. Public perception remains as a negative thing towards drug abuse , as I think we all need to rethink this situation .
Thanks for your support in MY recovery … I have been sober from drugs for 11 weeks tomorrow , and look forward to many more. I have been free of cigarettes for 7 weeks tomorrow . My name is Tim , I’m a drug addict..but i’m not addicted!!!!