We reject the “poisoned language” we’ve inherited 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 treatment from coming forward for help.

In keeping with our commitment to quality and science, we use language that reflects the fact that addiction is a chronic disease, is firmly established in the fields of medicine and public health, and eliminates inconsistencies between the language of addiction and the language of other chronic diseases.

 Read more about our thinking on the language of addiction:  


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