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NeC-ROTAC Webinar – Addressing Myths About Substance Use, Addiction, Treatment and Recovery

January 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


How did you learn about substance use, addiction, treatment and recovery? What are the sources of information that shaped your views? This workshop will discuss how news, entertainment, and social media, as well as personal experience, influence how people understand substance use disorders and different pathways to recovery. It will also address common beliefs like, “You have to hit rock bottom” and “Recovery is rare,” and explain how attitudes, practices, and data collection have evolved. Information from the 2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health and other sources will be presented, illustrating the complexity of substance use challenges and trends in rural vs. urban communities.

Presenter: Susan Stellin, MPH – is a writer, educator, and public health consultant focusing on health-centered responses to substance use and addiction. Since earning a master’s in public health at Columbia University, she has worked on projects about ways to reduce overdose deaths, reform punitive drug policies, and expand access to harm reduction, treatment, and recovery support. Recent clients include NYU Langone’s Health x Housing Lab, the Northeast & Caribbean Addiction Technology Transfer Center, the Opioid Response Network, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Overdose Prevention Program at Vital Strategies, and the Vera Institute of Justice. She regularly leads training workshops for service providers working with people experiencing substance use, mental health, and housing challenges, and has also taught undergraduate courses about media ethics, collaborative storytelling, and the history of journalism.

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January 24
11:00 am - 12:00 pm




Northeast & Caribbean Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Center