Below is a list of further reading and resources that can be referenced, used for building your knowledge of alcohol and drugs, and for further information on the subject including insights from family members, people with lived/living experience, and people in recovery.

SHAAP – Stigma in the Media – Interview of SHAAP Chair and Hepatologist Dr Alastair MacGilchrist by Health Journalist Jennifer Trueland addressing the reality of alcohol use disorder from a medical perspective and explores the importance of the role of journalists in breaking down stigma and stereotypes.

Behind the Numbers – Campaign from Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs as a response to the 2018 drug-related death statistics

Rewriting the Media – A research project from Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs and Scottish Recovery Consortium looking at the stigma created by the media and the lack of lived experience representation

What the research says about LGBTQ+ people and substance use – A short article from Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

A Strategy to Address the Stigmatisation of People and Communities Affected by Drug Use – A strategy created by the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce in collaboration with Scottish Drugs Forum, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs and Scottish Recovery Consortium

Recovery Connections: Changing Stigma to Respect – A report produced by PADS (Partnership for Action on Drugs in Scotland)

Stigma and Substance Use – A short article from Scottish Drugs Forum

Moving Beyond ‘People-First’ Language – A glossary of contested terms in substance use from Scottish Drugs Forum

Overcoming Stigma through Language – A report from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Language Matters: communicating about people, alcohol, and drugs – A short leaflet put together by the Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership

Challenging Stigma – A research report produced by Adfam looking at the stigma faced by family members of drug users.

Stigma- the problem is, it’s not just about me – A blog by someone who is affected by her husband’s alcohol use but wishes to remain anonymous.

Recovery Friendly Language – A resource developed in partnership between Phoenix Futures and FAVOR and in consultation with people with lived experience of using drugs and alcohol dependently.

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