The Power of Dignity

My listening helps them find the power, the drive, the motivation, and the hope to make things better in their own lives

Geoff Kane, MD, MPH

Chief of Addiction Services, Brattleboro Retreat

Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing access to primary and preventative care in southern Vermont through workforce development and the provision of health education resources to area practitioners. In partnership with Building a Positive Community, we are proud to offer this suite of resources to help area practitioners ensure the dignity and well-being of those they serve.

We call this packet The Power of Dignity, and within you will find tools – created by medical and behavioral health professionals working in substance use disorder recovery – to help better understand the nature of substance use disorder and the power you have to ensure positive outcomes for those afflicted.

The packet features a handout containing best practices for practitioners working with people with substance use disorder. We also offer online resources to help further your understanding of substance use disorder and help better serve and build relationships with people in all stages of the disorder, including people in long-term recovery and those actively using.

The Power of Dignity is a short film created with our collaborators, of personal stories, highlighting lived experience as persons in recovery seeking medical and mental health care. We show where things become difficult and how small, simple changes can affect better outcomes.

Dignity has enormous healing power for all people. For many with substance use disorder, it could be the spark that helps start or maintain a life in recovery.

This project was funded by the Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund.


Supports/Services Access

VT Helplink is your statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services in Vermont.

Addiction Experts of Dignity Team Project

Ed Baker, ACSW – Presenter, producer and host of ARC (Addiction Recovery Channel). ARC guests provide accurate and current information related to substance use disorder with the purpose of eradicating stigma and encouraging compassion.

Read Ed’s article “Softly Spoken Advocacy,” on mindful language choice can be found here.

Daryl McGraw, Addictions Counselor, Recovery Support Specialist, and a Criminal Justice Professional – Daryl provides various presentations,
training, and consultation. He provided training, support and consult to the Dignity Team.

Geoff Kane, MD, MPH – Chief of Addiction Services at the Brattleboro Retreat, author, trainer, presenter. Read his articles and watch his videos on his
website –

Order Geoff’s workbook “The Two Pillars of Recovery® Workbook: What People with Addiction Need to Know and Do for Lasting Sobriety”. It can be found on

Hope Payson, LCSW, LADC and EMDR Consultant – Hope specializes in the treatment of addiction and trauma and offers CEU trainings including “Understanding and Addressing Multiple Roots of Addiction.”

Watch Hope’s documentary, “Uprooting Addiction: Healing from the Ground Contact Susan White at to request to show in your organization or community.

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What we BELIEVE, SAY, and DO matters. Who we ARE matters. This message invites you to look deeper within yourself to the power you have to magnify the good during your interactions with people with substance use disorders.


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