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Reducing Stigma and Improving Access to Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Society's perception of drug and alcohol use disorder is commonly associated with a misconception of moral failing and shame. These inaccurate perceptions can create barriers for individuals, causing them to feel the need to hide their struggles with addiction, thus reducing the chance that they will reach out for help. When we can reduce stigmas attached to substance use disorders, the benefit of accessing treatment becomes more acceptable and allows people to receive the services they need to achieve recovery. This training will educate professionals on a strength-based approach that empowers those with substance use disorder in the treatment process. The goal of this approach is to helps individuals separate who they are from what they struggle with, thus improving access to treatment, and improving motivation to sustain recovery.

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Meet the Trainer

Jim Scarpace, LCPC
Executive Director

Gateway Aurora and Gateway Joliet

Jim Scarpace is a licensed clinical professional counselor. He has been working for Gateway Foundation for ten years, and currently functions as the Executive Director for Gateway's Aurora and Joliet locations.

He received both his Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Illinois Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.

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