Evidence Based Interventions

Stigma Elimination Through Contact

  • Peer storytelling
  • Role modeling daily

Stigma Elimination Through Education

  • Peers educating on the science of addiction and recovery
  • Providing education to peers, families, stakeholders, and the community

Stigma Elimination Through Language

  • All of us using non-stigmatizing and recovery-oriented language
  • Holding each other accountable by creating teachable moments/learning opportunities when we use stigmatizing language.

HAVING SOMEONE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE PROVIDE EDUCATION HAS TWICE THE IMPACT ON ATTITUDE CHANGE AND INTENDED BEHAVIORS

Frequently, contact-based interventions are combined with education where factual information is presented, and the people with lived experience support and personalize the information by relating it to their own life experiences. Results of a meta-analysis of 79 studies found that effect sizes for contact on attitude change and intended behaviors were twice those of education alone (Corrigan et al., 2012). In another meta-analysis, interventions combining education and contact were equally effective as education-only interventions (Griffiths et al., 2014). Although combined interventions generally show an advantage over educational interventions alone, they are implemented less often (Borschmann et al., 2014Corrigan et al, 2012).

What can you do as a Recovery Ambassador?

Flip the Script!

  1. Conduct anti-stigma campaigns aimed at patients, families, staff, allied professionals and the community
  2. Affirm that recovery is contagious!

Missing Voices

Recruit individuals and families to put faces & voices on recovery and pharmacotherapy

Challenge the myths we discussed earlier and educate others in a compassionate way.