Language


We reject the poisoned language around addiction that keeps millions of Americans sick and in the shadows.

This damaging language fuels the psychological barriers, such as stigma, shame and fear, that keep 90 percent of those who need care from coming forward for help.

In keeping with our commitment to quality and science, we use language that is consistent with the language of science, medicine and other chronic diseases.

Read more about our thinking on the language of addiction:

Reflections on Language