The Stigma About Stigma (Encore)
Substance Use Disorder is among the most stigmatized conditions around the world and in the US. And let’s face it, the substance use disorder (SUD) field has many complexities often resulting in prevention, treatment and recovery working in silos. This can lead us to not fully engaging and do meaningful work with one another. The result, a lack of understanding and isolation for each area of focus, yet we all have the same target of healthier communities. Working together we can reduce triggers for youth and our recovering individuals. This workshop will highlight the need for the SUD field to breakdown their silos and work comprehensively for positive population level health outcomes. The speaker will highlight moments in her personal journey to recovery and the direct role effective prevention worked to make recovery a possibility. As the Recovery movement strengthens across our country, it is essential we have them with us at the table. In order to effectively achieve that it is essential we look at our own communications and how we continue to feed the stigma and ensure our language helps breaks down barriers, welcoming the recovery community. Let’s work together and make the case for the Recovery Community to be the 13th sector.
1. Recognize the unique ways self, societal and structural stigma impede recovery 2. Identify language that is stigmatizing to individuals with Substance Use Disorder 3. Develop a strategy for conduct a language audit and engage the recovery community.
Kym Laube Trainer CADCA