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Exploring the Addictionary of Stigma Reduction Recovery Messaging: Panel Discussion

THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021 AT 5:20 PM MDT – 8:30 PM 

Social stigma has kept recovery voices silent for decades and has caused those struggling with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) to lose hope for recovery. Research has shown that messaging shifts can open attitudes toward addiction as a disease and sustainable recovery as a legitimate outcome for those who are dealing with a SUD. 

This panel discussion will involve an engaging discussion of strategies and techniques on how to discuss addiction and as a result, reduce the grip of stigma associated with substance use and mental health disorders.

Target Audience:
Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, Nurses, Social Workers, Chaplains, Law Enforcement, Substance Use Disorder Clinicians, Health Educators and any healthcare professional working in the recovery field

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss social stigma as it relates to substance use disorder.
  • Define recovery messaging and its importance in the recovery process.
  • Discuss the types of messaging, and how messaging can support or harm people in recovery.
  • Identify methods of combating barriers and stigma to improve the quality of life for persons suffering and recovering from substance use disorder.


5:20 pm Welcome

5:30 Wake County Drug Overdose Prevention Coalition Update Nicole Singletary 

Substance Use Disorder as
Public Health Crisis
Rita Anita Linger, PhD

6:45 Break

7:00 Language Matters -
Labels and Implicit Bias
 A Panel Discussion
 Troy Manns, Facilitator

7:45 How Recovery Messaging Promotes
Change – Shifting Language
 A Panel Discussion
 Troy Manns, Facilitator

8:00 Questions, Answers and
Follow-up Discussion

8:30 pm Closing Remarks - Adjourn
 Troy Manns & Nicole Singletary

Nurse Practitioners: ANCC and the North Carolina Board of Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from the organizations accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Chaplains: The provider of this educational event has designed the program so that it may be considered
by participants for use as continuing education to enhance the professional knowledge and pastoral competency of chaplains certified through the Board
of Chaplaincy Certification Inc.® an affiliate of the Association of Professional Chaplains®.

Social Workers: NC AHEC is an approved provider of distance CE by the National Association of Social Workers – North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC). 

This program has been approved for 2.75 contact hours.

Law Enforcement: This program is accredited for CICP. Students will receive credit through the NC Justice Academy.

Wake AHEC CEU: Wake AHEC will provide .3 CEU to participant upon completion of this activity. A participant must attend 100% of the activity to
receive credit. Partial CEU will not be awarded.

Contact Hours: Wake AHEC will provide up to 2.75 contact hours to participants.
Wake AHEC is part of the North Carolina AHEC Program.

Registration Fee
Registration Required
• No registration fee thanks to funding from Wake County Human Services and NC DHHS Division of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch.
• Visit for our ADA Statement.
• ZOOM webinar link will be provided to registrants approximately two days before the conference.
• Please connect to webinar 10 minutes prior to conference start time.

Cancellations: If you are unable to attend, notify our office as soon as possible to allow another person to

Questions? Contact Lue McKnight at
919-350-0469 or

Carol A. Penn, DO, MA, ABOM, FACOFP
Conference Course Director Physician, Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine

Rita Anita Linger, PhD, CPC, CMBP
Conference Course Director
Executive Director, Recovery Communities of North Carolina

Troy Manns, NCCPS
Statewide Manager of Advocacy and Education Recovery Communities of North Carolina

Nicole Singletary
Drug and Injury Prevention Unit Manager Wake County Government
Public Health / Health Promotion Chronic Disease Prevention Section

CME Credit: Wake AHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Wake Area Health Education Center is accredited by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


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