Language Matters. Words Have Power

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.

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Confronting Inadvertent Stigma and Pejorative Language in Addiction Scholarship: A Recognition and Response

Language frames what the public thinks about substance use and recovery, and it can also affect how individuals think about themselves and their own ability to change. But most importantly, language intentionally and unintentionally propagates stigma: the mark of dishonor, disgrace, and difference that depersonalizes people, depriving them of individual or personal qualities and personal…

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Changing the Language of Addiction

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…

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