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Br J Psychiatry. 2017 Mar;210(3):180-181. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.116.185421.

Are some of the stigmas of addictions culturally sanctioned?

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Patrick Corrigan, PsyD, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, USA; Georg Schomerus, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Greifswald University, Greifswald, Germany; David Smelson, PsyD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA corrigan@iit.edu.
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Patrick Corrigan, PsyD, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, USA; Georg Schomerus, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Greifswald University, Greifswald, Germany; David Smelson, PsyD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.

Abstract

We provide three examples of how addiction stigma is sanctioned: (a) discrimination against people with addictions is often legal; (b) public health communications frequently use stigma to promote prevention; (c) some programmes, such as '12 steps' promote self-stigma. The implications of sanctioned stigma for stigma-change programmes are then discussed.

PMID:
28249945
DOI:
10.1192/bjp.bp.116.185421
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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