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Words Matter: Reducing the Stigma of Substance Use Disorders
February 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am EST

Wednesday, February 22, 2016 2:00PM EST
The stigmatization of Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and the individuals diagnosed with them is perpetuated and exacerbated by the language and terms used in reference to them, which is more appropriate for willful bad behavior than a medical condition. This presentation will explore commonly used terms related to SUD; explore alternate terms and that are more congruent with the constructs of addiction as a chronic medical condition and recovery.

Learning Objectives:
1. Differentiate between the Acute Care Model of Treatment and the Chronic Care Model.

2. Articulate at least two phrases commonly used by addiction professionals that contribute to the stigma of SUD.

3. Increase their understanding of ways the current treatment for SUD could be changed to reflect the Chronic Care Model.