Saving Face vs. Saving Lives

Substance abuse, drug addiction, chemical dependency, Substance Use Disorder…the way that addiction to substances have been labeled has changed over time, but what appears to have stayed the same is the stigma behind the labels.  For Asian and Pacific Islanders (API), this stigma takes it a step further as cultural norms of “saving face” preventContinue reading “Saving Face vs. Saving Lives”

Influencing Public Discourse

It seems pretty rare for Asian and Pacific Islander (API) families and communities to talk openly about substance use (drugs and alcohol) and Substance Use Disorders (addiction). In order to reduce the stigma for those who have an addiction, there needs to be some conversation about this. If we as API continue to hide theContinue reading “Influencing Public Discourse”