Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing access to primary and preventative care in southern Vermont through workforce development and the provision of health education resources to area practitioners. In partnership with Building a Positive Community, we are proud to offer this suite of resources to help area practitioners ensure the dignity and well-being of those they serve.

We call this resource The Power of Dignity, and within you will find tools- created by medical and behavioral health professionals and persons in substance use disorder recovery – to help better understand the nature of substance use disorder and the power you have to ensure positive outcomes for those afflicted.

This resource features a handout containing the best practices for practitioners working with people with substance use disorder. Below we offer online resources to help further your understanding of substance use disorder and help better serve and build relationships with people in all stages of the disorder, including people in long-term recovery and those actively using.

Our short film titled, The Power of Dignity, created with our collaborators, of personal stories, highlighting lived experience as persons in recovery seeking medical and mental health care. We show where things become difficult and how small, simple changes can affect better outcomes.

Dignity has enormous healing power for all people. For many with substance use disorder, it could be the spark that helps start or maintain life in recovery.

This project was funded by the Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund.

“My listening helps them find the power, the drive, the motivation, and the hope to make things better in their own lives.”

Geoff Kane, MD, MPH is Chief of Addiction Services at the Brattleboro Retreat

This handout contains the best practices for practitioners working with people with substance use disorder. Above we offer online resources to help further your understanding of substance use disorder and help better serve and build relationships with people in all stages of the disorder, including people in long-term recovery and those actively using.

Resources: 

UVM Center  of Rural Addiction

Reports, recorded webinars, and events for rural providers and behavioral health and substance disorder professionals.

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Uprooting Addiction

The documentary, Uprooting Addiction: Healing from the Ground Up, takes an urgent look at the national drug addiction crisis that is ravaging local communities across the United States.

Contact Susan White at swhite@svtahec.org to request to show in your organization or community.

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Recovery Research Institute

Provides the latest evidence-based information and research in addiction treatment and recovery from the Recovery Research Institute.

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Reducing Stigma and Increasing Support

Vermont End Addiction Stigma Campaign

Worthwhile Campaign

Worthwhile Campaign provides support for those with substance use disorder and addresses internal stigma.

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Studies across the world

Show that drug addiction is the single most stigmatized condition on earth- more than having HIV or being formerly incarcerated. (World Health Organization)

Supports/Services Access

VT Helplink is your statewide public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services in Vermont.

VT Helplink Website

Addiction Experts of Dignity Team Project

Ed Baker, ACSW– Presenter, Producer, and host of ARC (Addiction Recovery Channel). ARC guests provide accurate and current information related to the substance use disorder with the purpose of eradicating stigma and encouraging compassion. www.edbakermsw.com

Read Ed’s article “Softly Spoken Advocacy” on mindful language choice can be found here.

Daryl McGraw, Addictions Counselor, Recovery Support Specialist, and Criminal Justice Professional– Daryl provides carious presentations, training, and consultation. He provided training, support, and consultation to the Dignity Team. https://formerlyinc.org/

Geoff Kane, MD, MPH– Chief of Addiction Services at the Brattleboro Retreat, author, trainer, and presenter. Read his articles and watch his videos on his website- www.geoffkane.com

Order Geoff’s workbook “The Two Pillars of Recovery® Workbook: What People with Addiction Need to Know and Do for Lasting Sobriety”. It can be found on Amazon

Hope Payson, LCSW, LADC and EMDR Consultant- Hope specializes in the treatment of addiction and trauma and offers CEU trainings including “Understanding and Addressing Multiple Roots of Addiction.” www.hopepayson.com

Watch Hope’s Documentary “Uprooting Addiction: Healing from the Ground Up” www.uprootingaddiction.com.

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

What we BELIEVE, SAY, and DO matters. Who we ARE matters. This message invites you to look deeper within yourself to the power you have to magnify the good during your interactions with people who experience substance abuse disorders.