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Mindfulness Leaders Of The Modern Recovery Movement

We need to be mindful of how we speak around those in substance abuse to avoid stigma and discouragement. – even if they have been used historically.

Here are some words to avoid that inadvertently pass judgement:

  • Old Term: Addict, Alcoholic, Junkie
  • New Term: A person with or suffering from a substance use disorder
  • Old Term: Lapse, Relapse, Slip
  • New Term: Resumed or experienced a “recurrence” of symptoms
  • Old Term: Clean
  • New Term: In remission or recovery
  • Old Term: Dirty
  • New Term: A person having a positive test results or showing signs of a substance use disorder

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