Why You Shouldn’t Use the Word “Addict”
We can use words like “addict” that perpetuate the negative stigma around substance use. Or we can use words that are compassionate, supportive and respectful.
“The overwhelming majority of kids say they would rather talk to their parents than their friends. Even kids who are involved in alcohol and other drugs wish they would be having those conversations with their parents."
Richard Catalano, Ph.D.
If your letter is an expression of concern about your child’s use of drugs and alcohol, it’s important to follow up with a face-to-face conversation.