Substance use disorders (SUDs) and other addictions are medical conditions, but the general public often associates people with SUDs and other addictive disorders with poor choices and moral failings. As a result, many people with addictive disorders are not treated the same way as people with other chronic physical health conditions, like heart disease and diabetes.
Approximately two years ago the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Prevention and Wellness Roundtable determined that a goal of working towards reducing the stigma that negatively impacts services and recovery for people with SUDs, other addictions and mental illness.
As a result, the Language-First Team was created, a group comprised of recovery advocates and other professionals from throughout the state who are passionate about the issue.
Ohio’s advocates in the behavioral health and interrelated service agencies are encouraged to download the materials and use them to educate their communities on person-first language to refer to people with SUDs and other addictive disorders.
for a supply of pre-printed rack cards.