Changing Views, Beliefs And Attitudes
Learning about Substance Use Disorders can help change negative perceptions and attitudes about these conditions. All these myths are based on stigma, or negative beliefs and attitudes about those who use substances. Usually based on stereotypes, stigma can cause someone to judge or prejudge a person with a Substance Use Disorder. As a result, stigma can make people feel ashamed and can cause them to retreat, shut down, and avoid help because of what others may think of them.
It is important to remember that:
- Substance Use Disorders are a health condition, not a choice.
- People are people—they are more than their substance use problems.
- Treatment is effective and available.
To learn more about Substance Use Disorder prevention and harm reduction visit a Los Angeles County CORE Center. For treatment services, call the Los Angeles County Substance Abuse Service Helpline (SASH) at 1 (844) 804-7500.
Call the Los Angeles County Substance Abuse Service Helpline (SASH) at 1 (844) 804-7500