Beyond Niceness: Rethinking Stigma Around Substance Use Disorders


About the Course: 
Explore the widespread stigma that people with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) face when seeking treatment. This webinar will shine a light on the complex aspects of stigma in healthcare and how it affects patients' experiences. We'll dig into the various challenges individuals encounter and how societal attitudes, biases in healthcare, and self-perceptions contribute to this complex issue. Join us as we uncover the layers of stigma that can make it harder for people to get the help they need for SUD and hinder their journey to recovery.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify misconceptions surrounding SUD, particularly those contributing to stigma, such as the perception of addiction as a result of moral weakness or lack of willpower.
  • Identify and articulate specific knowledge gaps revealed in the needs assessment, with a focus on understanding the complex interplay of genetic, environmental, and neurobiological factors contributing to SUD.
  • Identify common misconceptions and inaccurate stereotypes surrounding individuals with SUD, such as viewing addiction as a result of moral weakness, a lack of willpower, or a choice rather than a medical condition. 
  • Summarize a comprehensive set of advocacy strategies to effectively promote accurate understanding of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and reduce associated stigma.  

About the Author: 
Brooke Schaefer MSN, MBA, FNP-C, CARN-AP, RN 
Brooke lives in central Indiana with her family and runs a small homestead with a menagerie of animals.  She runs CHOICE: Recovery for Mothers through Community Health Network, and is the founder of Lily Pond, a patient comfort closet, and Legacy, a continuation of CHOICE programming.  She is a family nurse practitioner, a certified addictions nurse practitioner, and has an MBA.

How to Receive Credit

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    After completion of the course, complete the final examination. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.  
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  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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