Reducing Stigma for Medication-Assisted Treatment and Individuals in Recovery
Ending stigma around medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction and helping individuals in recovery to fulfill their potential are major initiatives of the Behavioral Health Administration. Even though substance use disorder and mental health diagnoses are more prevalent than heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, migraines, osteoporosis and asthma, misconception and misinformation have left many people with behavioral health disorders afraid to talk about their experiences or to seek help.
Our goal is to reduce and ultimately end the stigma associated with medication-assisted treatment.  This will be accomplished through the dissemination of science informed public health education and open discussion about effective treatments for substance use disorders. We invite you to join in our discussion.
Our Vision:
To change attitudes in Maryland so that people with a history of substance use disorders, people in recovery, and people at risk for these problems are valued and treated with dignity, and where stigma, accompanying attitudes, discrimination, and other barriers to recovery are eliminated.
Resource Links:
Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness – Stamp Out Stigma Campaign - http://stampoutstigma.com/index.html
American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence - http://www.aatod.org
Addiction Technology Transfer Center - http://www.nattc.org/home/
American Society of Addictive Medicine - http://www.asam.org/
Addiction Treatment Forum - http://www.atforum.com
Center for Disease Control Mental Health – http://www.cdc.gov
American Public Health Association – http://www.alpha.org.
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