Substance Misuse And Its Effect On The Prospects Of The Next Generation

1071 Words Nov 13th, 2016 5 Pages
For decades, British governments have pledged to combat substance misuse to reduce the alleged cost of addressing the associated harms said to be diverting billions of pounds from more productive expenditure (Fordham et al, 2007). Yet with unknown numbers of children exposed to substantial ‘hidden harm’ living in adverse environments, there is no choice but to continue ploughing funding into substance misuse to enhance the prospects of the next generation (ACMD, 2003). Having tried and tested several different initiatives, the latest drug policy has resorted to ‘recovery’. Wider issues which contribute to substance misuse are addressed within recovery to hopefully persuade individuals to tackle addiction, become respectful, and eventually contribute as fully fledged members of the community.
Despite the benefits recovery offers, many people with substance misuse difficulties are reluctant to participate within the programme. There are various reasons for disengaging, but the most prominent explanation is fear of being associated with one of the most stigmatised conditions; originating from the prejudicial attitude of structural forces, like government and media (Drug Strategy, 2010). The role of a social worker is to minimise the impact of stigma by demonstrating that service users are accepted and worthy of assistance, boosting their morale and self-esteem, and working alongside them to show that recovery is possible. This essay analyses the power stigma has in making…

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