Changing the Language of Addiction.

  title={Changing the Language of Addiction.},
  author={Michael Botticelli and Howard K Koh},
  volume={316 13},
Words matter. In the scientific arena, the routine vocabulary of health care professionals and researchers frames illness1 and shapes medical judgments. When these terms then enter the public arena, they convey social norms and attitudes. As part of their professional duty, clinicians strive to use language that accurately reflects science, promotes evidence-based treatment, and demonstrates respect for patients. However, history has also demonstrated how language can cloud understanding and… 

The Language of Stigma and Addiction

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