Judgment from others is something that addicts have to experience day in and day out on a regular basis. While as a society we agree that you should never pass judgment on anyone, it is rare that many of us actually practice what we preach. The stigma of addiction is slowly going away but is far from gone, so how can we expect anything less than misplaced judgment from those who do not understand? That said, here are some reasons why you should never judge an addict.
They already have people judging them/putting them down.
Sadly, many people excel at passing judgment on others, whether we know them or they are just a stranger we pass on the street. Addicts already have people putting them down for their addiction, don’t be another person that will add to the list. Instead, realize that they have a problem and offer your support because that is something that is harder to come by.
You have no idea what they are going through.
Whether you think you do or not, you never truly know what a person is going through. Even if you do, it gives you no right to judge. You never know what led to a person to develop an addiction, or what their past or current life situations are. Maybe it began as just a coping mechanism and grew from there. Further, you have no idea whether or how often they have tried to get sober. Even if you too are an addict, you may be able to relate to them, but they are still their own individual person with their own story.
They are likely trying their best.
Just because someone has an addiction does not mean that they are a bad person. Many addicts are able to function in everyday life and do not remotely fit the stereotyped idea of a junkie. They are people, similar to you, who are coping through life the best way they know how at the moment. A number of addicts are more than aware of their addiction and are doing all that they can to overcome it. The truth is, many of them already hate their lives and are trying to better it. Why add more pressure on them?
Remember, they are people too
Above all, just remember addicts and alcoholics are people too. We’ve all heard it before; “treat others how you want to be treated.” That goes for anyone and everyone no matter their way of life. Odds are you get offended or even defensive when someone judges you so why would you place that pain onto someone else who is already struggling? Remember that while this person may be struggling with an addiction, you likely have more in common than you do not. They just have a different way of coping.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, there is hope. Call the professionals at Serenity Acres Treatment Center today at 1-800-203-2024 for a confidential assessment.