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Recommended Use of Terminology in Addiction Medicine

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)’s Journal of Addiction Medicine
and other leading journals have encouraged the use of precise nonstigmatizing
terminology. Furthermore, the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE)
published a recommendation statement against the use of stigmatizing terms. The ASAM
has published policy statements on the issue of terminology. The US Office of National
Drug Control Policy posted a draft statement on changing the language in our field.