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Preventing and Disrupting Stigma Associated with Substance Use Disorders

July 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

According to the Cambridge Dictionary of the English Language, “stigma” is defined as “A strong feeling of disapproval that most people in a society have about something, especially when this is unfair. Throughout history, vulnerable populations and individuals have often been stigmatized and “othered.” Stigma disproportionately influences health outcomes and the mental well-being of individuals who experience a substance use disorder by creating barriers to engaging in early intervention, treatment, and effective recovery.

This presentation will explore the root causes and the unjust consequences of stigma. Participants will investigate best practices prevention practitioners can use to identify, critically examine, and overcome personal biases and reduce the stigma associated with SUDs while promoting resilient families, organizations, and communities.

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. List common components and three levels of stigma
  2. Describe the impact of stigma on vulnerable populations and key community sectors
  3. Explore strategies for changing attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that can lead to stigma and discrimination
  4. Identify best practices for preventing and disrupting stigma within and across relevant community sectors




Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network
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