The Kenosha County Substance Abuse Coalition, one of over 100 pilot sites that have partnered with Addiction Policy Forum to launch a nationwide Anti-Stigma Initiative, has launched a community survey.
This survey will provide a better understanding of the attitudes and knowledge people have of addiction and will help communities identify where addiction literacy and targeted interventions need to be implemented.
Addiction is one of the most stigmatized health conditions, and individuals with substance use disorder are subject to harsh moral judgments and frequent discrimination, said Kari Foss, director of the Kenosha County Division of Aging, Disability and Behavioral Health Services and co-chair of the Substance Abuse Coalition.
“These negative attitudes and behaviors, also known as stigma, prevent people who are struggling from reaching out for help and isolate families affected by the disease who fear being judged by their community,” Foss said.
The survey will help measure addiction knowledge, support for public health responses to addiction, and perceptions around addiction in the community. In doing so, results can help inform strategies to better educate, collaborate, and advocate needed resources and strategies to curb the addiction crisis across the community and state.
The survey is open to the public and all responses will be anonymous. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.
To complete the survey, visit https://bit.ly/3MBH6xt.
To learn more, visit https://www.addictionpolicy.org/anti-stigmainitiative.
About the Kenosha County Substance Abuse Coalition:
The Kenosha County Substance Abuse Coalition’s mission is to improve treatment and reduce alcohol and other drug abuse in our community by supporting networking, encouraging education, exploring gaps, and realizing solutions.
KCSAC is comprised of many local organizations, agencies, and individuals who are all focused on supporting our community.