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The Great Lakes MHTTC Promotes the Use of Affirming Language

Publication Date: Sep 23, 2020

The words we use to describe mental health and substance use disorders can contribute to the stigma surrounding those conditions. 

The MHTTC Network is committed to using affirming, respectful, and recovery-oriented language in all activities. The Great Lakes MHTTC is pleased to share the Network's statement on use of affirming language, developed by the Network's Cultural Responsiveness Working Group:


Affirming language


To learn more about the use of non-stigmatizing language, visit:

Recovery Research Institute Addictionary

Faces and Voices of Recovery Positive Language Guidelines