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Imagine that you have a chronic illness and instead of receiving help to improve, you are socially stigmatized. Even better, is it ethical to abuse someone based on their illness? It is often not provided. This is a reality for thousands of Americans every day. We are working to end this with our National Addiction Stigma Strategy.

One of the main reasons for the stigma of substance use is misinterpreting addiction as a moral flaw. Addiction is simply chronic disease It influences the reward, motivation, and decision-making areas of the human brain. Some people think addiction is a choice, even though there are too many factors that can actually lead to addiction. Combined with other aspects of discrimination such as orientation and occupation, it can profoundly affect people’s recovery process.

We will work with public health experts, policy experts and advocates to change society’s perception of addiction, provide people with the care they need and prevent discriminatory practices based on stigma. , leading a concerted effort to minimize stigma. The stigma of addiction is multifaceted, so we target it from many different angles. Our stigma research is based on his four types of stigma and their subsets:

Self-stigma: People feel internalized shame and guilt because of societal attitudes and beliefs about addiction.

Public stigma: General negative attitudes and beliefs about drug users.

Drug stigma: The belief that drugs “turn one addiction into another.”

Structural stigma: Discrimination and barriers that people with addiction have to deal with in gaining access to health care, education and employment.

We are not just telling you to change your language, we are encouraging you to change your attitudes and beliefs. Because doing so can save lives and improve family outcomes. Saving lives means influencing better prescribing practices, distributing overdose medications, expanding access to medicines and expanding health insurance coverage. That means educating employers, schools, and the general public to learn the facts about addiction and not deny people care, housing, or opportunities because of chronic illness.

Our research found that successful social change campaigns require three types of action: educating individuals, removing stigma, and changing policy. In collaboration with The Hartford, we developed The Shatterproof Addiction Stigma Index (SASI), the most comprehensive survey ever conducted on the stigma of addiction. This measurement tool establishes a baseline for public attitudes about addiction stigma and drug use. It will be used to call attention, measure progress and hold our nations accountable for eliminating one of the most tragic factors of the addiction crisis.

We rely heavily on the use of education to provide people with the information they need. We are working to help people realize that this disease can happen to all of us, not ‘them’. In addition to this, we also focus on media campaigns, community forums and school-based programs that provide accurate information about addiction, its causes and treatment.

We are focused on reducing the negative portrayals of addiction in popular culture. For example, people who use drugs are often portrayed negatively in movies and TV shows. Our commitment also includes telling stories of recovery. People fear what they don’t know. Showing the true face of addiction reduces social distancing and creates positive contact. In turn, people feel less likely to ‘other’ or blame others for their chronic illness. One must learn from the lived experience of others. And that’s what we do.

The goal is to improve outcomes for people with addiction by reducing institutional stigma and expanding access to science-based treatment. We are changing policies and practices that discriminate against people who use drugs, such as refusal of work, housing, and medical care. As well as increasing funding.

To reduce stigma, we need to use people-first language, raise public awareness, educate and train health professionals, educate the media, educate schools on addiction, and educate society at large. Must improve. This is just a general overview of what you can do to help us with our stigma work. An inclusive and understanding society that helps improve the quality of care and life for all It is possible to create Thanks for your cooperation.

For more information on the National Stigma Strategy, visit shatterproof.org/endstigma.

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