Reducing Stigma Surrounding Substance Use Disorders: Creating a Community-based Anti-Stigma Initiative

Reducing the stigma surrounding substance use disorders requires changing people’s attitudes and behaviors, a challenging task many state and local government and community organizations have undertaken. In this collection, we provide guidance on creating your own community anti-stigma campaigns and examples of programs currently in operation across the country. This collection includes:

  • A 2016 report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine that reviews the evidence for effective strategies for stigma reduction and provide recommendations for creating successful anti-stigma campaigns
  • A tool-kit for creating an anti-stigma campaign from the Central East Addiction Technology and Transfer Center and the Danya Institute
  • A link to the Distorted Perceptions website that includes educational information and materials individuals and organizations can use in creating anti-stigma campaigns
  • A link to the website of the Northeastern University School of Law’s Changing the Narrative project that works to reduce stigma in media representations, provides evidence-based information to counter common myths about drug use and addiction, and connects people with experts willing to speak on anti-stigma topics
  • Reports about and links to websites for community based anti-stigma initiatives that may serve as a model including:
    • Recovery Reinvented, an initiative led by First Lady of North Dakota Kathryn Burgum – website link and a summary of the project from Addiction Policy Forum
    • Stigma Free West Virginia – website link to the homepage with information about the effects of stigma and stories of recovery as well as a link to the project’s training and evaluation website with resources and 6 training videos
    • A link the website for Morris County, New Jersey’s Proud to Be Stigma-Free initiative, which includes anti-stigma tool-kits for communities, colleges and universities, and faith-based organizations
    • A link to the website for A New Path: Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing, an advocacy group with a focus on reducing the stigma associated with addiction and substance use disorder
    • A link to the Massachusetts-based Opioid Project when uses art and storytelling to change perceptions around addition and recovery

If you have additional materials we should consider including in this collection, please see our call for submissions page.

 

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