Stigma and opioids - Opioid addiction, part 12
This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about stigma associated with opioid use disorder. It explains that when a person with opioid use disorder is stigmatized, they are viewed as the problem rather than as a person with a medical illness, with accompanying feelings of shame and isolation that make it difficult to ask for help. It identifies fear of punishment as another factor that may prevent someone with a substance use disorder from telling their family or getting help. The document discusses stigma relating to treatment of opioid use disorder with medications, and attitudes that may limit quality of care for the patient. Contact information for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline is provided.
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