Stigma is one of the biggest barriers to seeking and receiving treatment for people with substance use disorders. Stigma often takes the form of biased attitudes, beliefs and behaviours. Understanding problematic perspectives and language use is essential for addressing stigma.  Read more at the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction…

Stigma is seeing something through negative stereotypes. It can lead to harmful actions towards individuals, such as discriminatory attitudes, beliefs and behaviours. In the field of substance use, stigma is a significant barrier for those who use substances recreationally, have a substance use disorder or have used substances in the past. Family and friends of people who use substances can also experience stigma.

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