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Reducing Stigma and Improving Access to Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Society’s perception of drug and alcohol use disorder is commonly associated with a misconception of moral failing and shame. These inaccurate perceptions can create barriers for individuals, causing them to feel the need to hide their struggles with addiction, thus reducing the chance that they will reach out for help. When we can reduce stigmas attached to substance use disorders, the benefit of accessing treatment becomes more acceptable and allows people to receive the services they need to achieve recovery.

This training will educate professionals on a strength-based approach that empowers those with substance use disorder in the treatment process.