I understand that the language I use relating to addiction is important. I believe that words matter and that using the right language helps decrease stigma. I will choose language that leads to more effective treatment and compassionate support in families and communities for those with substance use disorders.
I pledge to:
- Treat all people with a substance use disorder with dignity and respect.
- Talk about substance use disorder as a chronic illness, not a moral failing.
- Be a leader in reducing stigma and promoting recovery from this disease.
Words to Use and Not Use
Instead of these stigmatizing words and phrases...
Try these preferred alternatives
The Johns Hopkins Words Matter Pledge is adapted from a similar campaign at Boston Medical Center led by the Grayken Center for Addiction.