LANGUAGE & STIGMA
Laura Kehoe, MD, MPH; Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy
Presentation slides: a review of epidemiology of addiction, terminology in addiction, language and stigma.
Office of National Drug Control Policy (2017)
This document draws attention to terminology that may cause confusion or perpetuate stigma around substance use disorders. It is not intended to serve as a glossary of clinical terminology, nor does it offer a comprehensive list of all the potentially stigmatizing words used in association with substance use disorders. In addition, while this document aims to promote non-stigmatizing language in the Federal Government, individuals who have substance use disorders or those in recovery may choose to identify themselves with different terminology.
Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC)
The use of affirming language inspires hope and advances recovery.The ATTC Network uses affirming language to promote the promises of recovery by advancing evidence-based and culturally informed practices.