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Voices of Resilience: Personal Stories Breaking the Stigma of Substance Use Disorder

DEA Training, Hosted Education
Oct 9, 2024

12pm – 1:30pm

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Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is one of the most stigmatized health conditions in the world. Research indicates that stigma is persistent, pervasive, and rooted in the belief that addiction is a personal choice reflecting a lack of willpower and a moral failing. Stigma contributes to barriers in accessing treatment. People may fear being labeled or judged if they seek help, leading to delays in getting the care they need. Healthcare providers’ attitudes and behaviors toward Substance Use Disorder (SUD) can significantly impact patient outcomes and the overall approach to addressing addiction within healthcare systems.

During this webinar and interactive discussion, learn more about concrete strategies on how to break down internal biases that we hold. Additionally, we will hear from two Shatterproof Ambassadors who will share their personal stories on their journey to recovery and how stigma deeply impacted their lives and success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the science behind addiction.
  • Describe different forms of stigma and the impact on substance use disorder treatment.
  • Give examples of success stories, recovery journeys, and the importance of seeking treatment for SUD.
  • Determine ways to implement personal change through examining implicit bias towards those with SUD.


  • Pooja Lagisetty, MD, M.Sc.
    • Associate Professor
    • Division of General Internal Medicine
    • University of Michigan Medical School
    • Center for Clinical Management and Research
    • Ann Arbor VA

1.5 CE Credit Available (1.5 hour):

  • CME credit pending
  • MCBAP and Social Work CE credit pending
  • Meets DEA Training Requirements

Who should take this training:

  • Healthcare Providers
  • Social Workers
  • Peer Support
  • Mental Health Professionals