Navigation Links
Substance Abusers, Even Recovering Ones, May Face Stigma
Date:4/13/2012

FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- People are more likely to disapprove of and avoid substance abusers than those who smoke or are obese, according to a new study.

Participants were presented with six fictitious scenarios about a person who either abused substances such as alcohol or drugs, smoked, or was obese.

"Specifically, participants rated their willingness for the individual in the fictitious scenario to marry into their family, be friends, socialize, work on a job, be a neighbor, and have one's child date," study author Lindsay Phillips, an assistant professor of psychology at Albright College in Reading, Pa., said in a college news release.

As expected, "people who were actively using substances were the most highly stigmatized group, receiving a high level of reported intention to be socially distant from the individual," Phillips said.

The results support previous research that found substance abusers were more stigmatized than people with depression or schizophrenia. However, this new study also found that even former substance abusers still face high levels of social scorn.

"Although being in remission results in substantially less stigma for smoking and obesity, stigma is only slightly decreased for individuals in remission from substance use," Phillips said.

The findings are troubling because past studies have suggested that stigma can discourage substance abusers from seeking help and make them believe that they can't change their ways, Phillips said.

The study is published online in the Journal of Substance Use.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has more about substance abuse.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Albright College, news release, April 9, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. School bullies more likely to be substance users, study finds
2. Behavioral management to reduce substance abuse, crime and re-arrest for drug-involved parolees
3. Stinky frogs are a treasure trove of antibiotic substances
4. Substance in cancer medicine could prevent heart attacks
5. Helping Others Helps Teens Beat Substance Abuse
6. Volunteering, helping others decreases substance use in rural teens, MU study finds
7. A substance from bacteria can lead to allergy-free sunscreen
8. BGU professor receives US National Distinguished International Science Award for substance abuse work
9. Research examines approaches to treating substance abuse among African-Americans
10. Energy drinks linked to substance use in musicians, study shows
11. Gender differences in risk pathways for adolescent substance abuse and early adult alcoholism
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Substance Abusers, Even Recovering Ones, May Face Stigma
(Date:1/16/2017)... Louis, MO (PRWEB) , ... January 16, 2017 , ... St. Louisans are well-aware of ... here , This year’s influenza shot seems to be having no effect on ... area, at least half of the people around are coughing, sneezing, or sniffling ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... CITY, UT (PRWEB) , ... January 16, 2017 , ... ... disease not only to treat, but to test for, as well. The money spent ... billion every year.(1) Doctors in the U.S. screen patients for cancer more than in ...
(Date:1/15/2017)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... January 15, 2017 , ... ... strategic accounts in the United States for the asthma & allergy friendly mark. This ... America to independently test and identify consumer products to be more suitable for the ...
(Date:1/15/2017)... ... January 15, 2017 , ... "On Tour is a music themed slideshow ... ease," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , On Tour’s ... the style and animation of their slideshows. Place each slide on top of another ...
(Date:1/15/2017)... ... January 15, 2017 , ... The ... is pleased to announce that it will be assisting HackensackUMC Mountainside with its ... Glen Ridge townships, servicing all surrounding towns. The firm will be working closely ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/13/2017)... -- This morning, Stock-Callers.com draws attention to ... at yesterday,s closing bell: Clovis Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: ... GALE ), and ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... to develop technologies and products that combat debilitating and ... use less and cleaner energy, and provide safer, cleaner ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... -- The 2016 election resulted in a big ... in favor of legalizing cannabis for recreational use, including ... U.S. In addition, the state of Colorado ... sales. The ArcView Group has published an updated research report ... in the U.S. last year reached $6.7 billion, a growth of ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... NEW YORK , Jan. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ ... type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, is pleased to ... advocacy efforts, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ... devices approved by the FDA for use in ... a significant step toward making them eligible for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: