Stigma Series, Part 1: Challenging the Stigma Surrounding Addiction (Webinar Recording)

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Stigma Series
Part 1: Challenging the Stigma Surrounding Addiction
Jessica Hulsey, BA

October 5, 2022, 1:00pm-2:30pm EST


Substance use disorders (SUD) are some of the most highly stigmatized health conditions worldwide, and stigma creates barriers to early intervention, screening, treatment, and effective recovery. Addressing addiction like a disease instead of a moral failing requires shifts in practice as well as understanding. To challenge stigma, we must revise outdated ways of thinking about addiction to better align with the medical discoveries about what addiction does to the brain, and how it is most effectively addressed. In the first part of this two-part presentation, participants will learn about the basic principles of stigma, how stigma manifests and is categorized, how individuals with SUD are disproportionately stigmatized, and evidence-based stigma interventions.


  • Understand the basic principles of stigma
  • Understand how stigma manifests for people with SUD
  • Understand evidence-based stigma interventions
  • Learn about common myths and misconceptions about addiction and how to dispel them


Jessica HusleyJessica Hulsey, BA is the Executive Director of the Addiction Policy Forum, a national nonprofit organization that leads the fight against the deadly consequences of addiction and helps patients, families, and communities affected by the disease. Jessica has more than 25 years of experience in the field of prevention, treatment, and policy solutions to address substance use disorders and has collaborated with our nation’s top scientists to translate the science of addiction into digestible content for patients, families, and other key audiences.


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