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Stigma-Free Colorado

The Colorado Stigma-Free Campaign is a state-wide initiative which aims to reduce the stigma associated with Substance Misuse Disorder (SMD). We are dedicated to raising awareness of the disease of SMD and create a culture wherein residents who have the disease feel supported by their community and neighbors and feel free to seek treatment for the disease without fear of stigma.



Why Does it Matter in Colorado?


Our neighbors are in dire need of help. 1 in 10 Colorado residents ages 12+ reported having a Substance Misuse Disorder (SMD), according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, 2023). 



Despite its prevalence in our society, Substance Misuse Disorder still has stigma attached to it. The primary reason individuals fail to seek the help they need is due to the stigma associated with the disease of SMD. Main reasons cited are shame and fear of judgment from friends, family and co-workers. Such judgment is often rooted in a lack of knowledge or training.

Joining the Stigma-Free Campaign Will:

  • Educate residents that substance misuse disorder is a disease and must be treated as such
  • Raise awareness of the prevalence of SMD in our community
  • Provoke public interest in learning what is “Stigma-Free”
  • Providing residents an opportunity to become involved in their community
  • Allow people living with the disease to feel supported by their community and thus decrease feelings of isolation and shame
  • Link people in need to local substance misuse disorder and mental health resources
  • Raise awareness that care is accessible regardless of income.

Stigma-Free Partners

Dr. Don Stader, Colorado Naloxone Project President

Mayor Jason Gray, Castle Rock

Douglas County Sheriffs Office

Peer 128 – Alamosa

GriefHAB – Ft. Collins

Advocates For Recovery Colorado

Rise Up Recovery Colorado

Southern Ute Tribe, Ignacio CO

Rosemary Goya, CSWC Therapist

River Valley Family Health Centers – Montrose