Everyday, researchers publish the results of their important work surrounding many of the issues around addiction, addiction treatment, and recovery. Unfortunately, much of this research is published in proprietary journals that may be difficult for students, policymakers, patients and caregivers to access. The Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, regularly reviews this literature and publishes easy-to-read summaries of key research. This featured collection provides a link to the Recovery Research Institute’s webpage that hosts these summaries as well as links to several studies that may be of particular interest to CLOUD visitors.
Because of the far-reaching impacts of addiction, businesses have increasingly become engaged in addressing addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery for their employees. In this collection, CLOUD highlights initiatives on creating Recovery Friendly Workplaces where businesses create policies and procedures that offer support for employees working on substance use disorder treatment and recovery.
Part of Arizona’s Rethink Rx Abuse public health information campaign, these materials are intended to help communities implement a program increase public awareness and patient education about prescription drug misuse and abuse. Includes posters aimed at youth, a guide for stigma reduction, and a guide to using medicine safely.
This toolkit is designed for people who want to engage in efforts to reduce addiction-related stigma. The toolkit can help addiction treatment professionals and community groups to create multi-component stigma prevention and stigma reduction campaigns.
Website for Stigma Free West Virginia which works to reduce stigma around individuals with substance use disorders. Includes information about what stigma is and how it affects individual’s and community’s ability to treat substance use disorder and recover from addiction. Includes stories of recovery and links to relevant resources.
Stigma Free West Virginia works to reduce the stigma around individuals with substance use disorder to improve treatment and recovery from addiction. This website provides training and evaluation resources to be used when conducting anti-stigma trainings. Includes links to 6 training videos.
This OpenEdX free training program on reducing stigma is designed for health care providers and includes 2 modules. The first module explains the impact of opioid use disorder stigma on patients and explores the medial model of addiction. The second module emphasizes developing practical tools for addressing stigma and delivering compassionate, recovery-oriented care to patients with opioid use disorder.
This 2 page guide from the ReThink Rx Initiative in Arizona defines stigma and explains why we must address stigma in order to have an impact on the opioid and addiction crisis. It also describes 8 steps individuals and organizations can take to reduces stigma.
This 1 minute video tells the story of Sue who speaks about the stigma she and her daughter experienced due to her daughter’s opioid addiction and how stigma made seeking help more difficult.
This toolkit was designed to assist faith-based organizations in creating stigma-free communities. The toolkit includes information about stigma, a sample resolution for organizations to adopt, and information about forming a task force, creating an action plan, and communicating with the press.