Language is an important part of reducing stigma and ultimately, reducing harm. Despite it being one of our earliest childhood lessons, language is hard to master.
Mostly, because its constantly evolving.
That said, we want to provide you with a helpful little reference guide to the language surrounding substance use disorder and
overdose accidental drug poisoning. (See, Wake the Nation’s language is changing too!)
Check out reasons behind the logic by reading the dirty truth about the word, “Clean“, why we don’t “achieve” sobriety, how the word “addict” negatively contributes to stigma, and it is important for us to talk about language.