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Removing the Shame and Stigma of Addiction/SUD

Course Overview

In this course, you will learn about the role that shame and stigma play in substance use disorder (disease of addiction) by looking at the effect they have on individuals, families, caregivers, and communities. The course will review the consequences of shame and stigma associated with the disease of addiction, why addiction is stigmatized within society, and solutions to address shame and stigma.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand: The role of stigma and its effect on substance use disorder (disease of addiction). How stigma inhibits people from achieving long-term wellness and recovery.
  • Describe: Impact of shame and stigma on the individual and family/caregivers. The consequences of experienced stigma and shame and the impact on recovery, setback (relapse), and other social and health factors.
  • Eliminate: Judgements and negative attitudes towards the individuals suffering from the disease. Assumptions and negative preconceived notions of the disease and the individual. Stigma by association towards family/caregivers and addiction professionals.
  • Learn and Apply: Stigma-free language. Advocacy toolkit for elimination/removal of stigma.

Course Outline

  1. Brief Review of the Science of Addiction
  2. What is Stigma?
    a. Definition
    b. Stigma Examples
    c. Factors that Influence Stigma
    d. Types of Stigma
  3. How/Why do we Stigmatize?
    a. Applying Socio-Ecological Model to Stigma
    b. Stigma and Discrimination
    c. Labeling Theory
    d. Criminalized
    e. Setback (Relapse)
    f. Moral Failing Belief
    g. Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, Effect on Self-Esteem
  4. Examples of Stigma in Medical Disease/Conditions
  5. Impact of Shame and Stigma
    a. Effects and Sources of Stigma
    b. Impact on the Individual
    c. Impact on the Family/caregivers
    d. Addiction Professionals Stigma
    e. Healthcare System Stigma
    f. Pharmacy Stigma
    g. Criminal Justice System Stigma
  6. Solutions
    a. Education
    b. Language
    c. Harm Reduction
    d. Policy and Laws
    e. Innovative Programs
    f. Treatment Access / Continuation of Care
  7. Toolkit

Online CE Course

Online, self-paced continuing education.

3.0 CE Credits

Clinician and layperson accreditation through Purdue University, College of Pharmacy, Office of Continuing Education.


Individual Course: $45



On-Site & Live Online Training

On-site and live online training, available for groups of five or more.

Fill out the form below, email us, or call 844.554.3354 for more information and a custom quote.

Trainer Course

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The Brain and the Disease of Addiction

Fees: $240/person

  • Prerequisite course: $30 pp
  • Course Training: $150 pp
  • Course Kit: $60 pp

Annual Program License: $400/per group

  • Access for one or more trainers within an organization to use the materials

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