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Unread 11-06-2007, 07:30 PM   #18
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Kick as in Kick the habit, Cop/ Fix, Hard Core, Wasted, Junkie, Dope Fiend, Strung out, Hooked, Clean

Problem with terms: All of these slang terms are more obviously derogatory, than some of the others. All of them contribute to the stigma and reinforce the notion that addiction is an ongoing choice rooted in deficient morality. Not using them will help change the way people perceive a person with an addictive disorder and that will translate into more people getting the help they need from more available resources. Plus it makes you sound smarter when you use medical terms, and otherwise respectful language
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