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International Day against Drug Abuse

ZOOM Panel Discussion on

People first: Stop Stigma and Discrimination

Organized by:



Date: 27 June 2023

Time: 7 pm IST (Indian Standard Time)

Duration: 60 Minutes

Who can Participate?

Free for all participants interested on the field of Substance Use Disorder/Addiction. 

Concept Note: 

"People First: Stop Stigma and Discrimination" is the UN theme of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26, 2023. This year's theme goes very with the need of the hour as structural and self-imposed stigma slows down the recovery process for those affected by Substance Use Disorder. Stigma is imposed at every stage of addiction and recovery, making it really hard for people in recovery and their family members. It is essential that a lot of public awareness is required for the general society to accept addiction as any other disease and address it in a healthy way. People First means persons first/ Let us avoid stigmatized languages and put persons first.

Ecolink Institute of Well-being and its more than 350 alumni groups from around the globe join with the ISSUP community to discuss Social Stigma with a Panel discussion. Almost all the panel members are ICAP-certified Ecolink Alumna who will be moderated by Dr.Thirumagal V, the global trainer and the training consultant to Ecolink Institute.  


The panelists and their topics are given below:
Ashwin Thind (Malaysia): Structural Stigma & People first, 
Grant Sanders (Hongkong):  Fighting Self Stigma, 
Dr. Shiva Anoop Yella (India):  Social Stigma from medical perspective

Vikas Sharma (India): Coping with stigma in Recovery, 
Dr. George Kannanthanam (India): Religious Response to Social Stigma

Moderator: Dr. Thirumagal V.

Panelists and Moderator
Ecolink UTC Alumni Association:

The Ecolink Alumni Association consist of all the students of the Universal Treatment Curriculum of Substance Use Disorder (UTC) from Ecolink Institute from 8 different batches as well as its students of the Advanced courses. Major activities include the promotion of integrating UTC into clinical practice, hosting webinars, psycho-education through a YouTube channel, promotion of online therapy for SUDs under Addiction Recovery Coach Online (ARCO) and sharing of updated knowledge and information among its members on a regular basis. 

Ecolink Institute of Well-being:

Ecolink Institute is an approved Training Provider of the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme which is currently involved in training addiction professionals with a Universal Treatment Curriculum, facilitating the application process of the students for ICAP credentialing, and managing an online therapy platform for mental health and addiction management. The Institute has trained over 350 addiction practitioners from 17 countries so far in the highest quality. Dr Thirumagal V is the chief trainer of the Institute along with Ms Aditi Ghanekar, Dr Damber Nirola, Mr Francis Moothedan, Ms Reshma Malick and Dr Thomas Scaria. Recently the Institute won the International Award for “Excellence in Training Provision” from the ISSUP-Global.

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