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Addressing Substance Use Disorder Community Stigma: Do Facts and Personal Recovery Stories Reduce Stigma and Increase Support for Recovery Housing?
Addressing the ever-growing challenge of substance use disorders (SUDs) requires creative solutions as more than 10 percent of Americans are estimated to have an SUD. A key obstacle preventing the establishment of recovery housing, a particularly effective treatment model, is the stigma towards recovery housing and individuals housed within. We designed a national randomized controlled trial (N = 2,721) to test if facts about the outcomes from recovery housing, or personalized stories of individuals whose recovery was helped by recovery housing, may reduce community SUD stigma, and increase political and financial support of recovery housing. Political support is measured as the choice to sign petitions about recovery housing investment at the state or local level to be sent to state governors, and financial support as donations to a non-profit organization that promotes expansion and quality of recovery housing. We compare community stigma, political and financial support, and message effectiveness across rural and non-rural participants to understand key differences in recovery housing support across geographic areas. Finally, we discuss how the results of this study can be applied at the community level to help shape outreach efforts across the United States.

Jul 7, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Madison Ashworth
Research Associate @Fletcher Group, Inc.
Madison Ashworth is a research associate with the Fletcher Group, Inc., and a PhD candidate in economics at the University of Wyoming. Her research focuses on the intersection of health and behavioral economics, specifically in designing and testing different policies to determine their efficacy in changing individual behavior and public health outcomes. In her research career, she has been involved in some of the first studies looking at the effect of COVID-19 social distancing policies on public health, economic, and environmental outcomes. Recently, her research has focused on examining interventions to reduce stigma around recovery housing and evaluating SMART recovery curriculum within recovery housing.