Reducing Stigma, Increasing Treatment Options, Saving Lives
Join us for a screening of the award winning HBO documentary "Addiction", followed by a discussion of the challenges posed by stigma and discrimination.
Only a fraction of the people who need treatment for addiction receive help, largely because of the immense stigma of addiction. In this respect, stigma costs lives.Public education can help people to understand that addiction is a treatable illness, not a moral failing. Much as society has reduced the stigma of illnesses such as leprosy and cancer, the stigma of addiction can be overcome.
Through the lenses of several highly accomplished documentary filmmakers, the current state of addiction in America is explored , punctuated by the latest thinking on treatment and recovery by leading experts on drug and alcohol addiction.
If you would like to attend the film, or would like to participate in helping to plan this program, please let me know.
Linda Jorgensen, Director, UHS Health Education and Wellness Program