The Stigma of Addiction (On-demand webinar)

2 modules

Course Length
90 mins

Region IV Public Health Training Center

13 Oct 2021



Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on January 27, 2020.

Training Overview

This webinar will explore the role of stigma and how it interacts with the disease of addiction. Addiction is a chronic medical condition characterized by relapses and remissions that is often misunderstood, unrecognized and seldom appropriately treated. We shall examine stigma from three perspectives. First at the level of the individual, where the shame and guilt of addiction keeps the person suffering from a substance use disorder from self-identifying as in need of treatment and appropriately accessing resources. Second, at the level of the family and friends, stigma can prevent advocating for their loved ones as well as keeps the patient in the shadows. And finally at the level of the society stigma may lead to failure in effective treatment policy, denial of services, discrimination and marginalization of our patients. 

The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact

About the Trainer

Navjyot Bedi, MD is the Medical Director and Senior Addiction Psychiatrist at Talbott Recovery in Atlanta, Georgia. He started at Talbott back in 2006 as a Staff Addiction Psychiatrist. Since that time, he has been a valuable part of the treatment team in the addiction/co-occurring psychiatric disorders treatment programs at Talbott Recovery, and particularly with the Professionals Program. He obtained his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi where he also completed his internship and residency. He completed psychotherapy training at the Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.  He then completed a residency in Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he served as Chief Resident in the Department of Psychiatry.  Subsequently he became a Fellow in Addiction Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify addiction as a chronic medical condition.
  • Explain the role of stigma in causing shame, guilt and denial as well as how it contributes to poor outcomes.
  • Examine the role of stigma as a barrier to advocacy and cause of social isolation.
  • Identify how stigma impacts public policy towards addiction treatment.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion for Online Module

The Stigma of Addiction (On-demand webinar)
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