Language Matters: Challenging Stigmatization Language about Addiction

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Date: February 14, 2023 Blank space (transparent) for table Format: Webinar Blank space (transparent) for table Contact Hours: 1 (NAADAC pending)
Time: 1 PM—2:30 PM ET Blank space (transparent) for table Cost: FREE Blank space (transparent) for table Target Audience: Prevention Professionals



Research has shown that the words we use to describe substance use disorders (SUD) and recovery have a significant impact on those struggling and how they are treated. While evidence shows that SUDs are medical illnesses, it is still too common for SUDs to be characterized as a moral failing or character flaw. Disparaging words are, unfortunately, still used to describe SUDs and the individuals suffering from them. Research suggests that improving our language when we describe addiction, such as using person-first language when talking about the disease, restores and empowers the humanity of individuals, rather than defining them by their illness.



At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand that addiction is a medical condition, and the words we use to describe it should be non-stigmatizing.
  2. Understand the importance of person-first language and how to implement it when talking about substance use disorders (SUD).
  3. Understand the role stigma plays in keeping individuals with SUD from seeking help.



Jessica HusleyJessica Hulsey, BA is the Executive Director of the Addiction Policy Forum, a national nonprofit organization that leads the fight against the deadly consequences of addiction and helps patients, families, and communities affected by the disease. Jessica has more than 25 years of experience in the field of prevention, treatment, and policy solutions to address substance use disorders and has collaborated with our nation’s top scientists to translate the science of addiction into digestible content for patients, families, and other key audiences.                                                                       


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In order to be eligible for the 1 NAADAC(pending) contact hour/certificate of attendance, you must join the live webinar in Zoom.

Certificates must be requested within one week of the event and will be processed within 30 days.

If you are having issues accessing the room/application at the time of the event: Please email [email protected] at the start of the webinar so that we can assist you.



If you are in need of any special accommodations, please notify the Central East PTTC Webinar Team three weeks in advance of the event, or as soon as possible, by emailing [email protected].

Starts: Feb. 14, 2023 1:00 pm
Ends: Feb. 14, 2023 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
February 14, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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