Words Have Power

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”What is the message we are sending our clients/patients? Or their families and friends? Are we using inviting language, positive, supportive? Or can they tell how we feel about addiction just by speaking with us for 5 mins.?”

Using the terms substance abuse or substance abusers contributes to the social and professional stigma attached to substance use disorders and may inhibit help-seeking and may negatively impact the rendering of appropriate services.  

“Words have immense power to wound or heal…The right words catalyze personal transformation and offer invitations to citizenship and community service.  The wrong words stigmatize and dis-empower.”