Recovery Conversations: Rachel Shuster, RN, CAAP, CARN

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On this episode of Recovery Conversations, host Whitney Menarcheck speaks with Rachel Shuster, a Certified Allied Addictions Professional and Certified Addiction Registered Nurse. Rachel shares her personal journey of recovery and the challenges she faced as a healthcare professional. She emphasizes the importance of mental health in the recovery process and the impact of language and stigma on individuals seeking help. Rachel discusses the need for person-first language and the role of clinicians in using appropriate terminology. She also highlights the barriers and limitations of monitoring programs for healthcare professionals and advocates for change in the system. Rachel encourages individuals to find their community and connection, emphasizing the power of support in the recovery journey. Takeaways-Mental health is a vital part of the recovery journey and should be carefully intertwined with the focus on substance use disorder.

-Language plays a significant role in shaping perceptions and can impact the quality of care individuals receive.
-Person-first language is essential in reducing stigma and promoting a more compassionate and inclusive approach to recovery.
-Monitoring programs for healthcare professionals can be burdensome and may need to be reevaluated to better support individuals in their recovery.
-Community and connection are crucial for individuals in recovery, and finding support from like-minded individuals can be empowering and healing. Sponsored by Straight Up Care

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