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Community Connections for Recovery (CCR) is the Recovery Community Organization (RCO) housed within Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County. An RCO engages in recovery-focused community education, outreach programs, peer recovery support services and advocacy.

"If the community could see that we're people and a lot of times we just need to be shown that we can live differently."

          -Mitchell, local person in long-term recovery

Goals of CCR: 

1. To provide job readiness training for people in recovery 

2. To educate the general community, using a variety of methods, in an effort to reduce the stigma of seeking treatment for Substance Use Disorders

3. To provide recovery resources for people seeking treatment including multiple pathways to recovery

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Classes start September 7th!

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Let's Talk About Stigma

What is Stigma? 

noun /ˈstiɡmə/

      a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or            person.

Are there different types of stigma associated with substance use disorders?

Yes. There are three types of stigma associated with substance use disorders.

  • Social Stigma: Society's negative attitudes towards a group of people, creating an environment where those with substance use disorders are discredited, feared, and isolated; also called public stigma (ex: avoidance from others, hard to get a job, etc.)

  • Self Stigma: Happens when a person internalizes the negative stereotypes (low self-esteem, shame, hopelessness)

  • Courtesy Stigma: Happens when family members become stigmatized by having a relative with substance use disorders

What is stigmatizing language?

Stigmatizing language assigns negative labels, stereotypes, and judgment to certain groups of people. Such language can contribute to negative outcomes such as social isolation, reduced self-esteem, and less likelihood to seek medical help. Stigmatizing language can perpetuate isolation and misunderstanding between people with substance use disorder and their communities. Terms like "drunk," "addict," and "junkie" imply an affected individual causes their own illness and can lead to less sympathetic responses.

What is Person-First Language?

Person-first language places emphasis on people rather than their diagnosis or condition (ex. "person with schizophrenia" vs. "schizophrenic" or "person with a substance use disorder" vs. "addict"). This type of language can shift the way people with substance use disorders are viewed.

Want to know more? Download the BHSPC and CCR "Addiction Dictionary" to know more about person-first language