It Matters How We Talk About Addiction

Amazingly, the treatment community is still fighting for addiction to be viewed as a medical condition

By Chad SaboraJune 22, 2021 (from

I’m Chad. I’m a person in long-term recovery from substance use disorder. I refuse to use terms like “clean,” “addict” or “abuser.” I’m a human being and a person first, and I happen to have a certain condition as well.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of America doesn’t view people in recovery in the same light. Much of society still sees both those in recovery and those currently struggling with substance use as bad, selfish, lazy and—perhaps most detrimental—criminal. The idea is that these people chose to become addicted, and this opinion of the general public implies a lack of morality.

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