People who have had the experience of addiction have often been involved in situations where they are subject to condemnation, moral outrage, and ridicule. Everyone has heard jokes about drunks. They aren’t as funny if you’re the one who has lived through the pain of detox. Being on the receiving end of gossip and negative stereotyping is a risk-factor for relapse. Stigma increases stress, decreases self-esteem, and can affect the opportunities open to you in relationships and careers.