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How Should Stigma Be Handled?

In many ways, substance use and misuse are the same as chronic health problems people face in their everyday lives. They are both preventable, they’re both mentally and physically debilitating, and – if untreated – they can both end lives.

If healthcare providers begin to look at things this way, they will become more confident in treating issues related to alcohol or drug use. If the hospitals are better equipped to deal with these all-too-common issues in society, they will become a safer place for patients who need to feel assured when discussing their problems.

The goal of SBIRT is to allow people in need to live without fear. They should want to feel comfortable, even safe when discussing the parts of their lives that are plaguing them.