Defining addiction as a “chronically relapsing” condition, in spite of its advocacy by leading organizations in the addictions field (see here and here), has generated unintended but harmful consequences. Such language should be abandoned and replaced with words that more accurately depict the variable course of substance use disorders (SUDs) and that are more personally(……)

People evolve a language in order to describe and control their circumstances…[Language] is a political instrument…the most crucial key to identity.—James Baldwin (From James Baldwin: A Biography by David Leeming) Effective social movements rising within marginalized and stigmatized communities inevitably challenge words and images thrust upon them by the dominant culture to denigrate and denote(……)