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The words you never want to hear a parent say

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Our executive director recently received a note from a mom whose son is consumed with his addiction. “I myself feel very guilty and a failure as parent because I knew this could happen to him. I talked to him about it several times…” she wrote. “But talking and a good family weren’t enough.” You can read Mark’s response in the …
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Talking about addiction? Word choice matters.

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This spring, the Associated Press Stylebook removed the word “addict” as a noun. This change is important for humanizing people with drug addictions. “When you call someone an addict, it reduces them to just that,” said Mark Redmond, our ED. “But it’s just one element of their being — they’re a mother or a brother …
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