Workplace Supported Recovery

The Workplace Supported Recovery website, from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, includes an explanation of recovery-supportive workplaces, a definition of recovery, and specific recommendation for reducing the stigma against substance use disorder in the workplace. Continue reading

Reducing Stigma Education Tools (ReSET)

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. Continue reading

Morris County Proud to Be Stigma-Free

Morris County, New Jersey’s Proud to Be Stigma-Free Initiative’s website includes educational information about stigma and how it impedes individuals from seeking help for substance use disorder or mental health conditions. It also includes a community pledge and tool-kits for local municipalities, colleges and universities, and faith-based organizations. Continue reading

Recovery Reinvented

Recovery Reinvented is an initiative of the North Dakota Behavioral Health Division led by North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Burgum who herself is in long term recovery for over 18 years. The goal of Recovery Reinvented is to eliminate the shame and stigma of addiction in North Dakota through education and promoting proven prevention, treatment and recovery approaches. Continue reading

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.


Reducing Stigma Surrounding Substance Use Disorders

Our August collection addresses one of the most significant issues surrounding the opioid crisis: the sigma faced by people who suffer from addictions.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine defines stigma as a range of negative attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that are associated with certain conditions such as addiction. Continue reading

Determinism and Destigmatization: Mitigating Blame for Addiction

This philosophical and scientific exploration of understanding addiction and stigma explores various models explaining addictive behavior, and presents a model of “pragmatic determinism” that recognizes an individual’s genetic or social factors may contribute to the development of addiction while also acknowledging that empowering an individual’s ability to make choices in a compassionate and effective treatment program can also be essential for treatment and recovery. Continue reading