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.
Confronting Inadvertent Stigma and Pejorative Language in Addiction Scholarship: A Recognition and Response
Broyles, Ingrid, Binswanger, et al., July 12, 2018
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 identity.
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.
Southeast ATTC, Phoenix Center and FAVOR South Carolina
Displays current terminology and alternative terminology. The most respectful way of referring to people is as people.