When do I want to be treated like everyone else -- hardly ever. I never expect special treatment but, especially in work settings, I enjoy when hard work is recognized. Outside of work or when I was going to school, there have been many times where I wished I was treated like everyone else and it's when my opiate addiction becomes know. All of us addicts know how were viewed. I can't say opiate addicts are more stigmatized that other addicts but as a heroin addict, I know that we often are viewed as less than human. But this post is not about when we are looked down upon. I want to share when I do get treated like everyone else and I hope others will comment with their tales of normalcy. I got to the store from needle exchange here is Las Vegas and always leave with a smile. Sure, clean rigs are nice but the staff there has a knack for treating me as if I was buying coffee at 711 or insurance at AAA. I get treated normal. I never get the sense that they are quietly judging me or get tired of my questions and requests. Everyone I bring there says the same thing. Its one of the few things I do where I don't have to hide a thing from anyone. It makes me want that in the rest of my life. And while the stigma surrounding addiction is not going away anytime soon, I am working on getting back on methadone maintenance. For a minute there, I had given up the will to get better. Thank you to those at the needle exchange (Trac B) for reminding me that I'm just everyone else.