For centuries, disease has been the subject of stigma and discrimination. From social exclusion to outright punishment, people with illnesses, including Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), have experienced a history of prejudice grounded in misconception and fear. While this trend is deeply rooted in our culture, physicians, researchers, addiction professionals, and other healthcare specialists are taking steps to debunk the myths surrounding disease to improve health on a global scale.
The Impact of Disease Stigma
As Dr. Joanna Eveland, a physician specializing in HIV treatment, writes, “Stigma doesn’t just influence how people feel about themselves—it can influence health.” Studies have shown that stigma can hinder treatment and facilitate the spread of diseases because individuals will…click here to continue reading