Addiction is misunderstood and continues to be treated as a criminal condition. Raising awareness, reducing stigma and shame, treating it as the medical condition it is will lead to rehabilitation.
I had the privilege of working on one the the UKs 60 medium secure psychiatric hospitals where patients with mental illness and forensic history are detained long term.
Discovering who we are is a life long journey to be embraced. We can let go of beliefs that no longer serve us and develop values that benefit us instead.