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Removing the Stigma: Changing the Public Outlook on Substance Use and Recovery

Removing the Stigma: Changing the Public Outlook on Substance Use and Recovery

$12,500.00

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We live in a society where millions of Americans are dependent on drugs or alcohol and only a small percentage receive treatment at a facility. In fact, the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 21.5 Americans age 12 and older had a substance use disorder in the previous year; however, sadly only 2.5 million received the specialized treatment they needed. Stigma affects all of us – and nearly everyone has felt stigmatized or has stigmatized others at some point in their lives. In a study done by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the general public was more likely to have negative attitudes towards those dealing with drug addiction than those who were dealing with mental illness. Additionally, researchers found that people don’t generally support insurance, housing, and employment policies that benefited people who were dependent on drugs (JHU, 2014). This training will include the power of changing language, understanding the science of substance use disorder and recovery, and simple action steps to help make a difference on an individual or community level. 4-hour Training.

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