Learn about ways you can help reduce the cycle of stigma

Our #nomorelabels campaign aims to increase public awareness of the impact of stigma on people who experience challenges with drug use. On this resource page you will find a range of information to help you understand why tackling substance use-related stigma can help everyone and what role you can play.

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Useful links

Words can be walls to recovery - stigma brief

This brief was created to support the 'words can be walls to recovery' campaign in Dundee. It provides an easy-read summary of how language can negatively affect people who use substances.


Challenging drug and alcohol stigma (NHS Inform)

This NHS Inform webpage was set up as part of a national campaign to end drug and alcohol stigma and provides a range of information to help you understand stigma and how to address it.


Moving beyond 'people first' language: a glossary of contested terms in substance use (Scottish Drugs Forum 2020)

This resource is useful for anyone looking for a comprehensive guide on terms used in the substance use field. It summarises a range of evidence to help the reader make an informed decision about language.

The Recovery Friendly Language Guide (Phoenix Futures)

An accessible guide which outlines the importance of considering language in relation to substance use, offering a list of key stigmatising terms and alternatives.

Getting serious about stigma in Scotland: the problem with stigmatising drug users

A summary policy report from the former UK Drug Policy Commission which outlines the problem with stigmatising people who use drugs and why addressing stigma is important for everyone

Recovery Friendly Dundee Stigma Briefing

A rapid literature review of current best practice in approaches to addressing stigma


Resources will continue to be added to this list.  


This campaign is being delivered by NHS Tayside on behalf of Dundee Alcohol and Drug Partnership.