The old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” has been chanted for years from one kid to another when harsh words are spoken. But, in reality, words can hurt more than sticks and stones. SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is producing a webcast series, The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See, to help change the way we talk about and portray substance use in news and entertainment.With support from the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc., a new series of webcasts will educate television and radio producers, screenwriters, entertainment journalists and authors as well as the public on the best possible language to use when discussing substance use disorders.
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What’s in a word? Some words in our everyday lexicon hold a deeper, inexplicable meaning beyond their dictionary definition and become embedded in the way we think, feel, and act. “Stigma” is such a word that evokes a certain reaction when it is used. In general, it means a mark or a sign, usually of disapproval. In the context of mental illness or addiction, “stigma” can manifest itself in many ways.Externally, those with mental or substance use disorders often experience stereotyping, negative attitudes, and discrimination from the people around them, including their communities, families, and friends. Internally, they may start to believe these stereotypes and negative attitudes about themselves, harming their self-esteem and their chance for recovery.
Synthetic cannabinoids—also known as synthetic or fake marijuana—have been in the news a lot lately. Communities are growing increasingly concerned about the availability and use of these products, in part because they are easily available—sometimes without age restrictions. They can also be difficult to detect in drug tests because new synthetic cannabinoids are being produced constantly.
Throughout the month of September, communities across the country have come together to observe the 25th annual National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). Community events are the cornerstone of Recovery Month and provide a setting celebrate the successes of people who are in recovery. As individuals and communities across the country unite to speak up about behavioral health conditions and the reality of recovery, I invite you to join the movement and participate in Recovery and Health: Echoing Through the Community, a nationwide webcast.
For the last 25 years, communities and individuals across the country have joined together in September to observe SAMHSA's National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). This observance has provided an opportunity to celebrate the journey and achievements of the millions of Americans who are in recovery from a mental and/or substance use disorder. Over the last quarter-century, community Recovery Month events across the country have brought people together to share real life experiences about the power of recovery.
When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, so does her baby. For the last 15 years, on September 9th at 9:09, communities across the country have come together to observe Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day. This day and time were chosen so that on the 9th minute of the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month of the year, the world would remember that women should not drink during the nine months of pregnancy.The 15th annual observance of FASD Awareness Day is an opportune time to highlight the importance of addressing FASD prevention and intervention in behavioral health settings.