Words Matter – Terms to Use and Avoid When Talking About Addiction: A CME/CE Activity

Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse

self-paced activity with CME/CE

released July 15, 2021; Expiration date for CME/CE – September 15, 2023

This CME/CE activity informs clinicians on how they can show leadership in how language can destigmatize the disease of addiction. It is focused on using person-first language, as well as terms to avoid to reduce stigma and negative bias when discussing addiction.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners/other APRNs, and dentists engaged in the care of patients with substance use disorders.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Explain the effects of stigmatizing language on patients with addiction.
  • Compare common terminology and assess which terms should be used or avoided and why.
  • Integrate person-first, non-stigmatizing language into everyday practice.
  • Identify terms to use and terms to avoid when speaking to patients about addiction.

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This is an open ended event