- Caroline Pegram
- Greensboro, NC
- United States
intern, Path of Hope
Should there be a TEDTalk on addiction and substance abuse?
I believe that those who suffer from the disease of addiction and substance abuse is still a very stigmatized population. There are many debates, regardless of scientific research and DSM criteria for addiction, on what constitutes and addict. "Why don't they just stop?" "Aren't addicts all criminals?" These are questions still being asked on a regular basis by a great amount of the American population. Many people are still unaware of how to handle this population as well as this issue as a whole. Addicts and alcoholics are considered diagnosed with mental health disorder(s) (and believe me, mental health is a stigmatized conversation as well) yet, those who suffer from addiction are looked down on by society more so than many other mental health disorders or diseases. TEDTalks have covered a wide variety of misunderstood populations in order to bring education, awareness and advocacy for these individuals. I believe we are in a good place and time to bring addiction and substance abuse to the table so that the tolerance and support for this population can grow.