Person in active addiction

Addict

Person with a substance misuse disorder

Junkie

Person experiencing an alcohol/drug problem

Why it works:  these modifiers give identity to individuals as people, rather than labeling them by their illness.

Abuser

Substance misuse disorder

Habit

Alcohol and drug disorder (or disease)

Why it works:  TBy incorporating disorder or disease, these terms reinforce the medical nature of the condition

Drug Habit

Person who misuses alcohol/ drugs

User

Has a mental health condition (or diagnosis)

Why it works: conveys the message that an individual's total identity is not his or her illness label, rather, he or she is a full person that happens to have the experience of mental illness.

Crazy/Psycho Insane/Lunatic

Addiction-free

Why it works: Indicates the patient is free from the dangerous compulsive behaviors of addiction. Less stigmatizing than “clean” or “sober” yet shows the person is no longer in active addiction.

Clean

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Opioid Use Disorder

 

Mental Illness

 

Substance Use Disorder

 

HIV

 

Opioid Use Disorder

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Mental Illness

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Substance Use Disorder

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HIV/HEP

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