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Unmasking Stima:
The Impact of Substance Use on Communities

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 
8:15 AM – 1:30 PM 
Southern Connecticut State University 
Michael J. Adanti Student Center Ballroom

There is an urgent need to combat stigma surrounding substance abuse, which poses a major barrier to overcoming the challenges of addiction. Research demonstrates that stigma damages the health and well-being of people with substance use disorders (SUDs) and poses enormous challenges within communities by interfering with the quality of care they receive.

Our speakers will address the negative impact of stigma, factors that increase vulnerability to developing an addictive disorder and the impact of the drug crisis in our community. Discussion will also include the DEA’s role in the enforcement of controlled substances laws and how it partners with local and federal agencies to protect our communities.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The conference is free for all attendees but registration is required.

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Our Presenters

Hope Payson, LCSW, LADC
Alcohol and Drug Counselor
EMDR Consultant

Chris Doral, LCISW, LADC
Clinical Director
Ocean State Recovery Center

Marcie Johnson
Diversion Investigator
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Daryl McGraw, MA, CCP, CC
Certified Addictions Counselor
Recovery Support Specialist
Criminal Justice Professional

Hosted by Alcohol and Drug Services and the Collegiate Recovery Community

Sarah Keiser, LADC
Coordinator of Recovery, Alcohol and Drug Center 

Sponsored By:

  • Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • Western Connecticut State University