CCSA’s Focus on Stigma
Stigma is one of the biggest barriers to seeking and receiving treatment for people with substance use disorders. Stigma often takes the form of biased attitudes, beliefs and behaviours. Understanding problematic perspectives and language use is essential for addressing stigma. CCSA brings together knowledge and collaborates with a diverse group of industry professionals, government departments and educators to help end stigma.
CCSA is committed to sharing evidence on and ending stigma within our community of influence. Our organization was once called the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. Allies and those with lived and living experience expressed concern that our corporate name was stigmatizing and a barrier for those accessing our materials. We heard this concern and took action. In 2017, we changed our name to the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.
Ending stigma has become a priority for us. We champion ending stigmatizing language, behaviours and attitudes during our National Addictions Awareness Week, in our formal reports and through day-long workshops we host across Canada.