October 26, 2022
Opioid/Substance Use Disorders
  • An article in Stat explores how terminology used in the field of addiction medicine is out of sync with that of other specialties and impacts the way health professionals view their patients and provide care. Experts point out that using terms such as “alcoholic” or addict” reduces people’s identity to the name of their medical condition, which is not done in other areas such as cancer and heart disease. As such, advocates and  government officials are pushing the country to use language that supports advancing compassion, evidence-based care, and Americans’ understanding of addiction as a disease rather than a moral failing. (Article here)