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What is the
Community Cares Challenge?

The Community Cares Challenge provides you the opportunity to become a Community Cares Champion!

Champions will complete three guided modules to learn more about preventing substance misuse. Each module takes you through facts, videos, links, and graphics to help you understand what substance misuse means to you and how you can prevent it.

Community Cares Champions are informed, empowered, and dedicated to making their neighborhoods better by reducing risks of substance misuse in themselves and others. Complete all three modules and quizzes to earn your Community Cares Champion certificate. Certificates may be printed with your name and include valuable coupons for White County vendors.

But the biggest reward of all is knowing that you are a knowledgeable champion fighting substance use disorder in your community!

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Speak Out Against Substance
Abuse Stigma.

It doesn’t prevent drug use; it only prevents people from
seeking treatment. As you learn about substance abuse
disorder, you will start to see the inaccuracy of
assumptions. When you do, point others to accurate
information. Don't be quiet.

A great resource for more information: samhsa.gov

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Treat people with substance
abuse disorder with dignity.
Addiction does not
discriminate. It affects all
groups of people.

These are your loved
ones we are talking
about. Treat them
the same way you treat
others and the way you
wish to be treated.

Practice respect.

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“Properly dispose of your
medications: Many of us
have pain medications
leftover from surgeries, tooth
extractions, and injuries. We
hang on to them for the
‘just in case.’ Just in
case, the old injury
flares up. Just in case,
we get hurt again. Just in
case, we might need them
in the future. But in doing
so, we may be putting
ourselves and our loved
ones at risk.” Lynn Saylor

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Reframe the conversation:

Understand substance use
disorder as a challenge that
many of your neighbors
face so that you can
be a helper and a
champion of recovery
from this challenge.

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Understand SUD recovery
as a benefit to everyone
involved-communities that
care are beneficial for
every person in the
community.

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What does this
really have to do
with me
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You don’t truly know who
has been affected by
substance use disorder
(SUD).

Statistically, one
in three people you
ALREADY know has
been impacted by SUD
either directly or through a
loved one.

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That means your neighbor,
coworker, or favorite cashier
might be experiencing the
effects of SUD.

Being a Community
Cares Champion means
having compassion for our
neighbors who may
encounter SUDs.

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Even if you
don’t think it
impacts you,
SUD
impacts those
you know
!

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What percentage
of these workers
do you think struggle
with some form of
SUD? Match a % to
each, then you can
check your answers.


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What if I don’t
associate with
these people?
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You do associate with these
people. You may be unaware
of them, but people
managing SUD are living,
working, and often thriving
in our community. Assuming
that people with SUD
are never around you
can be harmful to
people in recovery. You are
more likely to meet people in
recovery, as rates of
substance misuse have
increased during the
pandemic.

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Stigma can reduce the
willingness of individuals
with SUD to seek treatment.
Stigmatizing language can
negatively influence health
care provider perceptions of
people with SUD, which can
impact the care they provide.

Source: www.DrugAbuse.gov

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Since you can’t always see
a person’s experience, and
you don’t always know who
is in recovery, it is
important to be a
Community Cares
Champion!

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Use science-based language
that goes hand in hand with
your role, whether it be a
professional role or as a
personal relation.

What is person-first
language?

“Person-first language
doesn’t define a person
based on any medical
disorder she may have.
It’s nonjudgmental, it’s
neutral, and the
diagnosis is purely clinical.”

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“You can reduce stigma and
help save lives by just
changing your language.

Not only that, but you
can help reverse harmful
stereotypes about
addiction, improving
access to care and
support for people
affected by this disease.”

Source: www.shatterproof.org/
about-addiction/stigma/
stigma-reducing-language

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