The Impact of Stigma on People with Addiction:

​The Effect on Policy & Practice

13th October 2021

NHS Addictions Provider Alliance
2021 Annual Conference

The NHS APA invites you to join us at our free and virtual conference on the 13th October 2021.

Stigma all too often prevents a person from seeking or accessing the vital treatment and support they need to recover from addiction.

Addressing the problem of stigma, which has clouded addiction treatment services for far too long, is a critical element to improving understanding of the complex issues surrounding addiction and a vital step in improving access to treatment and services.

Our 2021 conference is about spotlighting the problem of stigma and aims to consider;

  • The impact of stigma on people living with addiction;

  • How stigma impacts access to treatment and services;

  • How stigma influences the way policies and practices are set;

  • How can we as a sector begin to overcome these challenges and change public perceptions around drug and alcohol treatment services.

  • How the disconnect with the rest of the health care economy perpetuates stigma.


Our 2021 conference will explore these questions through a range of speakers and presentations both from clinical professionals as well as those who have lived experience of stigma.

This event will be provided online and for free for all delegates. Register your place today.


We look forward to you joining us on the 13th October 2021.

Speaker Line Up to be Announced

Sponsorship opportunities

For this years' annual conference, we are anticipating between 300 and 500 delegates attending from all across the country.


Previous NHS APA conferences have attracted Directors of Public Health, Substance Misuse workers, Public Health Commissioners, CCG leads, Drug & Alcohol Recovery Managers, Directors of Operations, Senior Managers & Decision Makers, Partnership Coordinators, Behaviour Support Managers, Academics, Health Sectors, Local Authorities, Voluntary Sector, Treatment Funders, Researchers and Policy Makers.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event there are various levels of sponsorship available.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities please contact us for more information.

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