Over 20 million Americans struggle with substance use. These are our children, parents, friends and neighbors. If you or someone you love needs help, don’t wait to reach out. Call the Addiction Resource Center for free, confidential support: 1-833-301-HELP.
When words are used inappropriately to describe individuals with a substance use disorder, it not only negatively impacts the cultural perception of their disease, but creates stigma that can stop people from seeking help. Language matters. Let's replace terms like "addict" and "junkie" with smarter language that aligns with the science.