Separating the Flowers from the Weeds
“If you want to care for something, you call it a ‘flower.’ If you want to kill it, you call it a ‘weed.’” We learn at an early age that words matter. But when it comes to helping those with substance use disorders (SUDs), choosing the right language is critical to prevention, treatment and recovery efforts.
Get the lowdown on how you can frame your care and concern using language that eliminates harmful labels and reduces the stigma for one struggling with an SUD. After all, fear of judgment leads impacted individuals to be less likely to seek help, and more likely to drop out of treatment programs in which they do enroll.