Exploring Stigma and Substance Use Disorders
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Many forms of stigma undermine access to diagnosis, treatment, and successful health outcomes for people with substance use disorders (SUDs). Not only does stigma exist for individuals with SUDs, but also for individuals who use medications to treat opioid use disorders, despite the unparalleled effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). A unique kind of stigma is even encountered by women with SUDs who are pregnant and/or parenting. Stigma is perpetuated through both expected (families and employers) and unexpected (health care providers) routes as well as the structural stigma still found in our practice settings. This morning's session will explore the full scope of stigma and the techniques and opportunities we can use to eliminate the stigma that exists in systems of care.
This presentation is only for those attending the South Dakota Association of Addiction and Prevention Professionals. If you are interested in a similar presentation for your organization please reach out to Abby Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cosponsored by the South Dakota Association of Addiction and Prevention Professionals (SDAAPP).