There will be people in London who resist getting the help they need for addiction problems because they are worried about the stigma involved. The person will be concerned that by entering a drug and alcohol rehab and receiving addiction treatment they will be harming their own reputation and future. This type of worry is understandable, but it is usually not a problem in reality because:
- It is likely that most people will already realise that something is not right with the individual. This means that by falling into substance abuse the person has already harmed their reputation anyway. The fact that other people have not mentioned their suspicions does not mean that they do not suspect. In most cases people will fail to say something because they just do not wish to get involved.
- Even if the person is fooling people now this state of affairs is unlikely to last long term. The reality is that those who are trapped in addiction are caught in a downward spiral. This means that the longer they remain addicted the worst things are going to get. If the individual remains trapped in addiction they are almost certainly going to severely damage their reputation as well as losing everything else.