About the session
In this session, we heard from Dr John Kelly, the Elizabeth R. Spallin Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr John Kelly spoke about the stigma and discrimination that people living with addiction face and how stigma can be reduced if addiction is seen as a health condition and treatable. He also discussed the importance of talking with person-first language and terminology, so individuals aren't seen as their addiction, but as people. Using the biological explanations for addiction can also help reduce stigma and help improve access to treatment if it is seen as a health condition instead of a choice.
'Deconstructing Stigma: Addiction, Treatment and Policy'
Stigma & Discrimination
What Factors Influence Stigma?
Person First Approach to Language
Reducing Stigma in Clinical and Community Settings
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