Over 1,600 people took online courses to reduce stigma around substance use disorders
The Indiana University School of Nursing is partnering with those behind their very own Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge to tackle the stigma of addiction. They’ll offer two online courses designed to help remove the stigma and negative stereotypes around addiction. More than 1,600 people have taken the online courses, which are open to the public free of charge.
As an extension of IU’s In This Together Project, the online courses serve as a “community resource for those wanting to learn more about the topic of substance use disorder,” according to a report from IU. The first course is for those interested in teaching others about addiction and the stigma surrounding it. The second course is designed for informing nurses and healthcare professionals of nursing practices related to substance use and addiction.
“Through conversation and courses like these, we hope to help eliminate stigma and assist one of our most vulnerable populations in receiving the support they need,” said Robin Newhouse, dean of the School of Nursing at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and lead investigator for IU’s Grand Challenge.
Anyone who completes the courses will receive a certificate of attendance.
Making room for community discussions around the stigma of addiction
The first course, “In This Together: Community Conversations to Reduce Stigma of Substance Use Disorder,” has two tracks – trainer and individual learner – designed for people interested in teaching others or informing themselves about the negative impact of addiction stigmas. Learners who complete the course will be able to:
- Talk about three lessons related to SUDs and addiction treatment
- Identify one action they can take as a result of completing the training
- Describe the “In This Together” videos and community resources
- State the community they wish to engage and the delivery method to present “In This Together”
Click here to find this course.
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Introducing addiction to healthcare professionals
The second course, titled “Substance Use Disorders: An Introduction for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals,” is designed for nurses in Indiana and nationwide, and also for healthcare professionals. It provides an overview of the public health crisis of addiction. This course also helps participants understand the role of nurses in treating addictions and SUDs, including:
- Describing addiction in the context of a chronic disease
- Recommending harm reduction strategies to patients and families
- Identifying treatment options in their community
- Describing strategies to soften the impact of stigma on people suffering from SUDs
Click here to find this course.
Overcoming shame and the stigma of addiction
Indiana University’s initiative is just one way to remove the obstacles preventing millions of Americans from seeking drug or alcohol addiction treatment. When we have open discussions about addiction, we make it easier for people suffering from its effects to move one step closer to a healthier life. We also help them distance themselves from a life of repeated substance use that can lead to unpredictable side effects and expose them to a fatal drug overdose or alcohol poisoning.
If you or a loved one struggles to control your drug or alcohol use, call 888-448-0302 for immediate help from Landmark Recovery. Our dedicated admissions team is available 24/7 to answer your questions on our confidential phone line. If you live in or around Indiana, visit one of our rehab centers in the following communities: