Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"Substance abuser" or "person having a substance abuse disorder", does it make a difference?

Do terms matter?

Does it make a difference if you label a patient a "substance abuser" or say "a person having a substance abuse disorder"?

Yes according to a small study published in the May, 2010 issue of International Journal Of Drug Policy.

You can read the asbtract by clicking here.

You can read a brief description of the study and its implications by clicking here.

At GCASA we avoid labeling, categorizing, and stimatizing our clients. It is more professional and constructive to refer to our patients as people who may have substance abuse disorders than the pejoritive label as "substance abusers."

Do words matter?

Yes. Use the right ones for better customer satisfaction and outcomes.

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