[Podcast] Words Matter: Addiction Terminology, Accuracy, and Stigma

Words matter to Richard Saitz, M.D., who edits medical journals and publications for accuracy surrounding addiction terminology.

In this talk, borrowed from our collection of 2019 SMART Recovery National Conference presentations, Dr. Saitz discusses substance use disorders as health conditions; how language can promote stigma and affects policy and care; and the emergence of accurate, non-stigmatizing terminology.

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