Many people with a substance use disorder experience stigma from the community, which might include inaccurate or unfounded thoughts that they are dangerous, incapable of managing treatment, or at fault for their condition. These stigmas typically come from the inaccurate belief that addiction is a moral failing, when it, in fact, is a chronic, treatable disease from which individuals can recover and lead successful lives. These stigmas can leave the person needing treatment feeling shameful, and possibly deter them from seeking out the help they need. Harm reduction programs help reduce these feelings of shame by treating individuals with dignity and respect. By meeting the person where they’re at and providing tools and resources to lessen the risks of substance use, harm reduction programs support the well-being of people using substances and help support them in their journey to health.