Language matters

Language is powerful—especially when discussing alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and the people who use them.
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Intended for the non-government AOD sector, the resource provides workers with best-practice guidelines on how to use language to empower clients and reinforce a person-centred approach.
Larry Pierce, CEO of NADA, says: “We know that fear of stigma and being labelled as a ‘drug addict’ can and does stop people from accessing treatment and support. It’s time we stop using this language and start being more mindful and deliberate about avoiding pejorative terms.”
Language matters was developed by NADA and NUAA, in consultation with non-government AOD workers and people who use drugs.

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