Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)

Addressing Stigma in Recovery Services


Stigmas are negative social attitudes about perceived differences between people and groups. These may be based on a range of characteristics such as appearance, behavior, beliefs, social position, and background. Stigmas can cause debilitating shame and isolation and are one of the primary reasons people who live with substance use and mental health challenges do not seek treatment and other forms of recovery support. Presenter Steven Samra explores how and why stigmas are formed and equips participants to identify the root causes of stigma in themselves and others and implement strategies to resist, reduce, and eliminate stigmas.