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Challenging Narratives: Understanding Alcohol Use from an Equity Lens
April 26, 2022 . 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Conventional narratives of the “opioid crisis” or “opioid epidemic” have often ignored the intimate connections between opioid use and alcohol use. One of the leading risk factors for opioid overdose is the mixture of opioids with other depressants, including alcohol. This three-hour training will explore the definition and impacts of alcohol use, recognizing the spectrum of use from abstinence to addiction. Specifically, we will examine the social determinants of alcohol use and seek to understand and challenge inequities (e.g. racial, gender-based, etc.) in treatment and recovery.
Learning Objectives – Participants will be able to:
- Understand the impact of alcohol use and alcohol use disorder (AUD) on individuals and society
- Define AUD and describe the spectrum of alcohol use
- Identify at least 3 harm reduction and treatment options for people who use alcohol
- Gain perspective on experiences of people with AUD, actively or in recovery
- Understand the profound connections between societal alcohol use and the opioid epidemic
Sponsored by: MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, Health Resources in Action (HRiA) & AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.
Accommodations: If you are Deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability who requires accommodation, please contact Emelie Tenander at AdCare Educational Institute, Inc. at (508) 752-7313; Fax: (508) 752-8111; TTY: (508) 754-0039 or email: e[email protected] at least three weeks prior to secure accommodations.