Opioids and Stigma

Stigma around opioid use disorder creates barriers for people to seek treatment and access care. Many patients with opioid use disorder have a high likelihood of readmission, and the underlying cause of patients’ opioid use disorder is often not addressed. The following resources are available to help clinicians improve outcomes and reduce stigma to better care for patients with opioid use disorder.

 

Stories from Recovery

Reducing Medication Stigma Tools (ReSET)

Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin developed a series of educational modules to address stigma and opioid use disorder.

 

Stigma Kills - Addressing Opioid Use Disorder by Changing Culture

A survey by the American Psychiatric Association indicated that 1/3 of those surveyed knew someone with an opioid use disorder (OUD). Yet the stigma surrounding OUD means that fewer than 20 percent of patients have access to treatment. Join AHA for this session to understand the impact of stigma within the walls of hospitals and hear how one team changed minds and the organizational culture in a quest to improve access to care.
Original Date:  August 12, 2020

 

Advancing Health Podcast: Changing the Way We Approach Opioid Use Disorder

In this episode Elisa Arespacochaga, vice president of AHA's Physician Alliance, sits down with Richard Bottner — an affiliate faculty member at Dell Medical School — to discuss how they have implemented an innovative treatment program to address opioid use disorder and reduce stigma.

 

shatterproof

Shatterproof Stigma Resources

Substance use disorders are associated with discrimination and social disapproval—more so than any other medical condition. Explore Shatterproof's resources on stigma surrounding opioid use disorder.
Featured:  A Movement to End Addiction Stigma

 

AHA's Behavioral Health Resources on Combating Stigma

 

Additional Resources to Address Stigma

AHA Resources: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

AHA Blog: We must better understand stigma toward patients with substance use disorders

American Academy of Addiction Psychology- Sponsored Providers Clinical Support System Videos

Are You Committing Malpractice By Not Treating Opioid Use Disorder in the Hospital?

Barriers to Broader Use of Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

Dell Medical School, Dell Seton care team forges innovative path toward opioid recovery

Harvard's Project Implicit

National Institute on Drug Abuse's Words Matter:  Terms to Use and Avoid When Talking About Addiction 

 

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