Clinical Update

Reducing the Stigma of Addiction Through Language and Terminology

Topics: Disparities | Engagement | Opioid Use Disorder | Stigma

The words we use in discussing addiction shape the way our patients, fellow clinicians, and communities think about substance use disorders. Addiction has long been viewed as a moral failing, and the terminology of addiction has reinforced this belief. Here, we review the evidence that documents how terminology can perpetuate—or reduce—the stigma as

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Research Update

Stigmatizing Smoking: An Effective Deterrent?

Topics: Prevention | Public health | Stigma | Tobacco use disorder

Review of: Cortland CI et al, Addiction 2019;114:1842–1848 Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death, disease, and disability in the United States. Among the $50 million the American government spends each year on tobacco cessation efforts, part of that money is spent on public service campaigns that work to shame or stigmatize smok

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