The Words We Use Matter – Part 2

Change the Names – Remove “Abuse”

Policymakers in all levels of government have an opportunity and a responsibility to work towards eliminating stigma by using non-stigmatizing terms for addiction. Individuals and institutions must do better to treat addiction as the public health crisis that it is, and treat individuals with compassion and respect. This includes all candidates in the nation who are in a position to influence the public’s views in both positive and negative ways.

Your voice is needed RIGHT NOW as we urge Congress to change the names of federal institutions that contain the word “abuse” in them. Research shows that changing the term “substance abuse” to “substance use disorder” or “addiction” can reduce negative public perceptions and encourage more people to seek treatment.

Sign the petition today and then forward it on.