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1 Mar. 2021

Confronting Inadvertent Stigma and Pejorative Language in Addiction Scholarship: A Recognition and Response

Confronting Inadvertent Stigma and Pejorative Language in Addiction Scholarship: A Recognition and Response

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6042508/

The authors appeal for language that:

  • respects the worth and dignity of all persons (“people-first language”)
  • focuses on the medical nature of substance use disorders and treatment
  • promotes the recovery process
  • avoids perpetuating negative stereotypes and biases through the use of slang and idioms.