Why do we keep talking about Language and Stigma?

Our efforts to change the language used to discuss substance use disorder are just as evident as our dedication to ending overdose. Perhaps you are wondering why. The answer is simple. They go together. Much like Newton's Cradle (pictured) which demonstrates the law of conservation of energy and momentum, the improper use language surrounding substance … Continue reading Why do we keep talking about Language and Stigma?

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Remembering the Patron Saint of Harm Reduction

Where does one begin to describe the loss of a man responsible for saving thousands? The passing of our friend, mentor, and hero, Dan Bigg of the Chicago Recovery Alliance, this past August, was and is a devastating loss for harm reductionist around the world. Dan who pioneered harm reduction, safe syringe needle exchanges, and … Continue reading Remembering the Patron Saint of Harm Reduction

Language matters: “Achieving” Sobriety, Defining your Recovery, and Reducing Harm

  Sobriety is defined as the state of being sober and the definition of sober, is outdated, referring to being unaffected by alcohol. (Interesting, how it only mentions alcohol, right?) Today most people reference being sober in regards to being free from mind altering substances. And truthfully, when you factor caffeine, nicotine, and psychotropic medications … Continue reading Language matters: “Achieving” Sobriety, Defining your Recovery, and Reducing Harm

Language Matters: The word “Addict” and not letting your struggle become your identity.

Language matters. This isn’t breaking news; we’ve been saying it for years. And when it comes to language surrounding health, the phrase, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me” is far from true. Particularly when it comes to language surrounding addiction, words can prevent people from accessing treatment. Now … Continue reading Language Matters: The word “Addict” and not letting your struggle become your identity.