Access webcasts designed to help journalists and entertainment creators use the best possible language in portrayals of people with substance use disorders.
The following webcasts guide members of the news and entertainment media in writing about or portraying people with substance use disorders and the reality of hope in recovery. These educational tools were produced by SAMHSA in partnership with the Entertainment Industries Council. Learn more about The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See initiative.
The webcasts aired live in February 2017. They are available on SAMHSA’s YouTube Channel.
Trauma and Peer Engagement
Air Date: February 9, 2017
This webcast explored the impact of trauma on individuals and those who witness traumatic experiences in various environments—such as home, school, and community—as it relates to substance use disorders. Trauma and violence in the U.S. is widespread, harmful, and costly public health concerns. Just like substance use disorders, trauma can affect anyone with no regard to age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. The webcast addressed the positive effect that various groups such as the faith community and peer-to-peer engagement plays in helping individuals get the treatment and recovery services needed.
For more information and resources discussed during the webcast, access Webcast Resources (PDF | 301 KB).
Treatment and Recovery: Research to Practice
Air Date: March 23, 2017
What are the best practices for treatment and recovery best meet the specific needs of various age groups? This webcast aimed to inspire the creative community to write stories with authentic characters in situations that address an individual or family’s search for effective and appropriate treatment and recovery services. The webcast centered on the common denominators and age specific factors that are critical when looking for treatment and recovery services to achieve the best outcome. Using SAMHSA’s best practice findings, the panel addressed key elements the writers should consider when staging a treatment-related program or in script about an individual or family members seeking help. Panelists will discuss specific populations—such as older Americans, school age youth, and veterans—and the specific needs for each of the populations.
For more information and resources discussed during the webcast, access Webcast Resources (PDF | 252 KB).
Inside Treatment and Recovery: A Look at the Transition
Air Date: April 27, 2017
This webcast explored the personal and social challenges of recovery within various age groups. There can be challenges in transitioning to a life in recovery in aspects such as socializing, school settings, housing and employment. The webcast looked at the personal and social challenges and how individuals rebuild personal confidence and trust among family and friends. The discussion highlighted the benefits and challenges of living one day at a time, remaining hopeful and experiencing the joy of recovery. Panelists discussed personal stories of individuals who, because of treatment and recovery services are now living in long-term recovery and giving back to their community. It is important for members of the entertainment media to use accurate and hopeful stories to motivate others to seek needed services and help to dismiss the negative and prejudicial beliefs surrounding treatment and recovery.
For more information and resources discussed during the webcast, access Webcast Resources (PDF | 231 KB)
Substance Use Disorders and Other Health-related Issues in Primary Care
Air Date: June 8, 2017
This webcast discussed the challenges faced by primary care providers and their staff and the unique needs of their patients and families regarding substance use disorders. What training do primary care physicians and their staff receive to effectively identify and treat patients with substance use disorders, and other health-related conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, HIV, and Hepatitis C? What is available to ensure health care professionals have adequate information to refer patients to appropriate local resources for treatment and recovery services? With the dramatic rise of opioid abuse and overdose, and other related health issues, it is imperative that primary care physicians and their staff are prepared to serve their patients and all of their needs.
For more information and resources discussed during the webcast, access Webcast Resources (PDF | 238 KB).