‘Stop Talking Dirty’: Substance Use Disorders, Terminology, & Stigma (4/29/16)

Does the language we use to discuss substance use disorders contribute to the stigma surrounding addiction? Stigma is a major barrier to seeking help and evidence suggests that commonly used terms such as drug “abuse” and drug “abuser” negatively influence perceptions of substance use disorders. How can we revise our terminology to reduce stigma and benefit individuals with substance use problems?

For Dr. Kelly’s first empirical study (2010) on terminology and stigma, click here.

We invite you to partake in SoAP’s live podcast on April 29th, for which special guest speaker Dr. John F. Kelly will lead discussion concerning these important issues and the ways in which we can make a positive impact on SUD-related perceptions and recovery. Dr. Kelly is associate professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School, founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a licensed clinical psychologist. He is a former SoAP President and a long-time advocate for reducing addiction-related stigma by promoting change in the ways that we discuss, and subsequently perceive, patients with substance use disorders.

As early career psychologists (and more senior psychologists!), it is imperative that we gain a greater understanding of these important issues. That’s why we hope you’ll join us for an undoubtedly informative conversation on Friday, April 29th at 1PM EDST.

Here’s how you can join this live discussion: On Friday, April 29th at 1:00 PM EDST(noon CDST; 10:00 a.m. PDST), dial into the conference call line: (712) 775-7031. When prompted, please enter the meeting ID: 784-557-822#

And please feel free to comment or RSVP for Friday’s live podcast by leaving a comment/question in the “Leave a Reply” box. We look forward to hearing from you!

Lauren A. Hoffman, MS
Student Chair, SoAP Membership Committee

Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPPChair,
Chair, SoAP Membership Committee

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