Facilitated by Kofi Morris.
Many people use different substances, including alcohol. People use substances to address different needs: to celebrate, to relax, to stop the stress, to forget sadness or to socialize. When people can only address one or more of those needs with substances, when those substances disrupt their life, and stopping seems impossible, this can be called a substance use disorder. Kofi Morris will discuss what substance use looks like in our respective communities, how substance use disorders impact people, strategies to cope or work towards change, as well as how to support people. Often people who use substances are stigmatized, which is very harmful. Instead the unique strengths of our communities should be used to support people who struggle with substance use. Afterwards there will be ample opportunity to ask questions.
For resources to cope or heal, please go here: https://theacmp.wpcomstaging.com/mental-health-resources/