Regardless of how open minded or how big their heart is, most people will talk about addicts like they're the scum of the earth (when they don't know I am in recovery). They'll say things like "once an addict always an addict. " "They will do or say whatever they can to try to get what they want". "Lazy" etc... That's some of the nicer things I've read or heard. When I tell them I'm one of them, they'll suddenly change their tune. But I still know that's how people really view us. How should i handle it when it happens? Should I shake my head, and shrug it off? Should I do what I've been doing... letting them know the truth and then watching them squirm a little bit?