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Addiction is a disease.
It’s important that we use language that frames it as a health issue and shows respect to people with an addiction and to their families who are impacted. Just like we would with any other disease, like diabetes or asthma.
“For a long time, we’ve known that language plays a huge role in how we think about people and how people think about themselves. Words have to change so attitudes change.”
Michael Botticelli, former director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in The Boston Globe
What other words do you think should be replaced? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARVARD HEALTH PUBLICATIONS, HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF ADVOCATES FOR BUPRENORPHINE TREATMENT
RECOVERY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Editor’s Note: Some of our user-submitted stories and older blog posts on our website use “addict” and other words from the above list. We respect and understand those who choose to use certain terms to express themselves. However, when the Partnership creates new content, we will strive to use language that’s health-oriented, accurately reflects science, promotes evidence-based treatment and demonstrates respect and compassion.