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Responding to Addiction Training for Communities

As the addiction and overdose crisis reaches troubling milestones – 100,000 overdose fatalities last year alone – all leaders and key stakeholders in the community are needed to address the problem. The Responding to Addiction training is designed to increase knowledge about addiction and develop skills and strategies to help your community.

The training and participant manual was developed by the Addiction Policy Forum with an Expert Review Panel composed of prominent researchers and physicians in the addiction field.

Addressing Addiction Stigma

Addiction is one of the most stigmatized health conditions on earth. Research has found that individuals who experience stigma due to a substance use disorder are more likely to continue engaging in substance use, and manifest greater delayed treatment access and higher rates of dropout. Stigma prevents people who are struggling from reaching out for help and isolates families affected by the disease who fear being judged by their communities. Responding to Addiction is designed to: reduce addiction stigma, including stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination; and increase knowledge about addiction, as well as helping behaviors.

What Participants Learn

  • The Science of Addiction 

  • The Signs and Symptoms of Addiction 

  • Evidence-Based Treatment Options 

  • Medications to Treat Addiction 

  • Engagement Strategies 

Who Should Get Trained

  • Families, Friends, & Caregivers 

  • Clergy 

  • First Responders 

  • Employers 

  • Educators 

  • Health Care Providers

  • Community-Based Service Providers

  • Other Community Members


Responding to Addiction

Apply to Take Part in the Anti-Stigma Initiative

Any city, county, tribe, agency or organization in the U.S. can apply to become a pilot site for the anti-stigma initiative at no cost. Each applicant is required to test one of two stigma interventions with not less than 50 participants (delivery can be virtual or in-person). Pilot sites will also be asked to disseminate a stigma survey and collect responses from 50 individuals and assign a staff member to support the delivery and completion of projects within the nine months timeline.


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