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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

CCSA is addressing the stigma surrounding substance use through online learning.

We have developed an introductory learning module as the first in a planned series of modules on the topic of stigma and substance use. These modules are developed with the needs of both the general public and professional audiences in mind. The first module, The Sting of Stigma, will introduce you to the concept of stigma, and explain why it is harmful and what its impacts are on people with problematic substance use and substance use disorder.

After completing the first module, you will understand that substance use disorder is a medically diagnosed health condition and that by using person-first language you can begin to change the way you think about people with substance use disorder. The overarching goal of this and future modules is to increase your understanding of stigma and equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to address stigma at home, in the workplace and in your communities.

Learning Objectives

This course will help you understand:

  1. What stigma is and the different types of stigma;
  2. The impacts of stigma on people with substance use disorder;
  3. That substance use disorder is a medically recognized health condition; and
  4. That replacing stigmatizing language with person-first language is a simple step you can take towards reducing the harms of stigma.

To begin your learning experience, view the module now.

After completing the module please take a moment to respond to the evaluation survey.

For a seamless web experience, the module should be viewed on the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari.

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