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One Simple Way We Can Change The Conversation About Drug Abuse

When people have conversations about drug abuse, the words that are used usually have a negative connotation. When negative words are used in reference to drug abuse, it can turn individuals off from getting the help they may need. Matt Ferner, a contributor writer for the Huffington Post says that there are ways you can change the conversation of drug abuse from negative to positive. The change that is made in these conversations is fairly simple by the way words are chosen.   For example, instead of using the work "addict," you can say "person with a substance use disorder." Instead of using the words "former/reformed addict" you can say "person in recovery." Switching the negative words with more positive ones can make people feel more comfortable about getting the help they may need. 

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Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.