Stigma often makes addicted and recovering people, family and friends, treatment professionals, community activists, and other stakeholders feel powerless, angry, and frustrated. This guide is designed to help people become empowered and to provide practical tools by which people can become involved in stigma prevention activities.
This resource provides practical information about a variety of approaches to prevent addiction-related stigma. Some are especially simple and can be initiated by individuals on their own. These include tips on using stigma-free language and writing letters to the editor. Some approaches are comprehensive, such as developing a community action group and implementing a community-based campaign.