When it comes to creating recovery-ready communities, we can all be change agents in our organizations, agencies, and communities. The words we use and the actions we take have the ability to help, heal, hinder, or hurt people on their paths in recovery. This course explores the impact of stigma on people in and seeking recovery from substance use disorder, and identifies concrete ways to adopt language and take actions to align with and support the development of recovery-oriented language, recovery-oriented care, and recovery capital in ourselves, our organizations, and our communities.

How it Works

After watching a video presentation by Andrew Kiezulas and Matthew Braun, you will be required to take a short quiz. Upon receiving a grade of 80% or higher, you will be directed to a course evaluation. Once you have completed the evaluation, you will be able to download a .pdf certificate to get your course credit.


  • Video Presentation
  • Exit quiz requiring a score of at least 80% to earn contact hours
  • Evaluation of the training

About the Presenters

Andrew Kiezulas achieved his Chemistry baccalaureate in 2017 with concentrations in Mathematics and Leadership and Organizational Studies, and is now a 2018 Masters of Policy, Planning and Management candidate at the University of Southern Maine, where he is also a co-founder of the Recovery Oriented Campus Center (the ROCC), a nationally recognized Collegiate Recovery Program. Andrew sits as the North East Regional Chapter Coordinator for YPR-National (Young People in Recovery) and is also the founder of YPR-Portland, ME.

https://ccsme.org/andrew-kiezulas>Read more…


Matthew Braun has been in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder since 2009. He has become one of Maine’s most outspoken young people in recovery, and the national group, Young People in Recovery (YPR), awarded him the 1st Annual Charles M. Mayr Award for Outstanding Advocate of the Year in 2016. He is currently a board member for both the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery and the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine, and he also serves on the Maine Substance Abuse Services Commission, appointed by Governor Paul R. LePage in 2015.

https://ccsme.org/matthew-braun>Read more…

Contact Hours

Certificates will be issued upon completion of an online course evaluation.
No partial credit will be given.

  • 1 Category I contact hour for Psychologists are provided.
    CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
  • 1 contact hour for CHES.
    CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  • Certificate of completion for 1 contact hour for Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, and other Professionals.
  • This course may be used for 1 contact hour for MHRT-C Domain 2

Important Info

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