By Indiana University
Stigma can be one of the primary barriers to overcoming substance use disorder, preventing people from seeking the treatment and support needed to overcome the disease. Learn more about stigma around substance use disorder and ways to combat it.
Reducing stigma through language
What we say matters. Below are a few examples of stigma-reducing language. Examples of changing language include using person with substance use disorder instead of addict, druggie, junkie, and abuser; disease instead of drug habit; a person living with recovery instead of ex-addict; had a setback instead of relapsed; maintaining recovery instead of staying clean and positive drug screen instead of a dirty drug screen.