"Breaking the Stigma" of Substance Use Disorder
"Breaking the Stigma" of Substance Use Disorder
June Special Stigma Edition
"Breaking the Stigma" of Substance Use Disorder
Substance use disorders (SUDs) are among the most highly stigmatized conditions, both in the United States and internationally. Importantly, stigma can be a major obstacle for individuals with SUD to seek treatment and recovery, and to obtain other critical resources needed to initiate and sustain recovery. 
In this special Review, we highlight studies on stigma, and the implications stigma carries for individuals in recovery.
Federal Parity Laws & Addiction Treatment
Stigma of Substance Use, Smoking, & Obesity
Opposition to Policies Intended to Help Those with Addiction
Benefits to Portraying Addiction as a Treatable Condition
To Disclose or Not To Disclose (Recovery)
"Behavioral Addiction" & Stigma
Sexual Minorities & Barriers to Alcohol Treatment
Community Participation to Challenge Stigma
  • William L. White
Q&A with Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Michael Botticelli
The federal parity laws and addiction treatment.
Infographic: "What do you know about stigma?"
The stigma of substance use, smoking, and obesity
Opposition to policies intended to help those with addiction
Breaking the Stigma: Portraying Opioid Use Disorders as Treatable Health Conditions
The benefit of portraying addiction as a treatable condition
To disclose or not to disclose (being in recovery)?
Behavioral addiction and stigma
Sexual minorities and barriers to alcohol treatment
Community participation to challenge stigma
Statement against the use of stigmatizing language in the addiction field
Faces & Voices of Recovery is a national organization with a mission to mobilize the millions of Americans in long-term recovery to speak out as one in an effort to promote changes in public perceptions and policy regarding addiction.
Introducing our Advisory Board: William L. White
William (“Bill”) White is a Senior Research Consultant at Chestnut Health Systems, past-chair of the board of Recovery Communities United and a volunteer consultant to Faces and Voices of Recovery. He has a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies from Goddard College and has worked full time in the addictions field since 1969 as a streetworker, counselor, clinical director, trainer and researcher. Bill has authored or co-authored more than 450 articles, monographs, research reports, book chapters and 16 books. Bill’s sustained contributions to the treatment field in the United States have been acknowledged by awards from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, NAADAC: The Association of Addiction Professionals, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence and the Native American Wellbriety Movement.  He has also recently published two seminal monographs: Recovery Management and Recovery-oriented Systems of Care: Scientific Rationale and Promising Practices and Peer-based Addiction Recovery Support: History, Theory, Practice and Scientific Evaluation. His collected papers can be found at www.williamwhitepapers.com.
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