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Reducing Shame by Changing the Language of Addiction
Changing the language of addiction is a way to change how we see those who use drugs and alcohol. The way we talk can change the way people who use drugs and alcohol see themselves. It can also change how they are seen by others. The treatment someone gets for using drugs and alcohol can also be changed by how we talk.
We need to bring messages of hope that people who use drugs and alcohol deserve respect, not messages of shame. We also need to remember that most problems caused by using drugs and alcohol can be fixed. There are many ways to stop or cut back on drug and alcohol usage. Please speak to a Case Manager if you or someone you know needs help.
You can also visit our Opioid & Substance Use Disorder Resource Center at www.gatewayhealthplan.com/medicaid/opioid-substance-use-disorder-resource-center to find local services and treatment options for all forms of substance misuse, including opioids. You may also call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline toll-free at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for treatment and referral information, 24/7.
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