Language matters when working with people who use alcohol and other drugs…

Network of Alcohol & other Drugs Agencies (NADA) and the NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA), 

Language is powerful—especially when discussing alcohol and other drugs
and the people who use them.

A new resource from the Network of Alcohol & other Drugs Agencies (NADA) and the NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) has been launched

Stigmatising language reinforces negative stereotypes. Person-centred language focuses on the person, not their substance use. It is a simple and effective way of showing you respect a person’s agency, dignity and worth.

This resource has been developed for people working in non government alcohol and other drugs (AOD) services. It has been developed in consultation with people who use drugs.The purpose of this resource is to provide workers with guidelines on how to use language to empower clients and reinforce a person-centred approach.