Policymakers & Community Leaders

Words Matter: Judicial Language and Substance Use Disorders

Source: National Judicial Opioid Task Force

A briefing paper by the National Judicial Opioid Task Force describing how judicial personnel can reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorder and improve engagement in and success with treatment by making conscious choices about the language used. A list of commonly used stigmatizing words

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Patients & Caregivers

Addictionary

Source: Recovery Research Institute

This “Addictionary” created by the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital lists language patients, providers, and policy makers can use that is not stigmatizing and creates a supportive treatment environment for substance use disorders.

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Language Matters Infographic

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

This one page infographic from the Addiction Policy Forum focuses on the importance of using appropriate and non-stigmatizing language when discussing substance use disorders.

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Patients & Caregivers

Shatter Proof

Source: Shatter Proof

This is the website for Shatterproof, the nation’s largest nonprofit advocacy group with a mission of ending the disease of addiction. Shatterproof educates policymakers, providers and the public about addiction and works to improve substance use disorder treatment and end stigma around addiction.

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AMA Opioid Task Force Helping Guide: Physicians’ Progress to End the Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

Source: American Medical Association

In 2014, the American Medical Association’s Opioid Task Force identified 6 actions physicians could take to help end the nation’s opioid epidemic. This 2018 progress report describes the 6 recommendations for physician action: register and use the prescription drug monitoring program [PDMP], insure updated

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Patients & Caregivers

Quality Healthcare Is Your Right – A Guide for People Who Use Drugs

Source: Harm Reduction Coalition

This patient education guide was written to help people who use drugs access safe and quality health care. It provides information about the importance of seeking health care when appropriate, provides tips on finding a good health care provider or clinic, how to prepare for healthcare visits,

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Opioid Use Disorder – A VA Clinician’s Guide to Identification and Management of Opioid Use Disorder

Source: Veterans Administration Pharmacy Benefits Management Academic Detailing

This clinician’s guide from the Veterans Health Administration discusses opioid use disorder (OUD). It includes sections on the need to reduce stigma, how to use accurate and non-judgmental language, how to identify patients with OUD and determine the severity of their condition, how to engage patients in treatment, and how to provide OUD treatment in a primary care setting.

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Celebrate Recovery

Source: Celebrate Recovery

Website for Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-Centered 12-step recovery program which offers support meetings, trainings and conferences for people in recovery from addiction. The organization also has specific programs for military personnel and veterans, pastors in recovery, Native Nations, and an initiative to reduce the stigma

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Opioids – Do You Know the Truth About Opioid Use Disorder?

Source: Veterans Administration Pharmacy Benefits Management Academic Detailing

This patient brochure from the Veterans Health Administration provides basic information about opioid use disorder and addresses aspects of stigma. It uses a format of posing True or False questions such as: are opioids effective for the long-term management of pain? Is developing opioid use disorder a choice? And is it true that people can never recover from opioid use disorder?

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