Early Childhood Trauma is one of the leading causes of substance use disorder.


Substance use disorder is a chronic health condition just like diabetes and heart disease and should be treated as such. 

Thank you to our amazing and inspiring R.O.S.S. ACE North Alabama Peer Educator Aubin Cawthon for a powerful interview with WAFF 48 News and their reporter Kailey Schuyler! Way to go Aubin!! Let’s Advocate For Change Through Education! Register for a free training today at!

Let’s Love People To A Better Life

R.O.S.S. has always been at the forefront of ensuring that no Alabama citizen with a substance use disorder falls through the cracks. Join our Peer Educators for an immersive learning experience as we provide a curriculum to create a community of support for individuals’ recovery efforts and reduce the overdose death rate in Alabama.

Understanding Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Use Disorder

Understanding Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction

Understanding Stigma Surrounding Substance Use Disorder

The language we use when referring to people speaks volumes about what we think about them. How we think impacts our attitudes and approaches when addressing people. Labeling someone with their condition not only reduces them to just that, it also perpetuates stigmatizing perceptions. Those perceptions influence the efficacy of our social and public health policies addressing people living with those conditions. By placing the person first, their chronic condition is no longer the primary, defining characteristic, but one of several aspects of the whole person. We must speak, write, and think in a way that acknowledges the human being first.