Definition of an addict, along with an explanation of why the word is derogatory in nature when used to refer to a person struggling with a disease.
Addict is a slang word used to describe a person struggling with substance abuse. Many people find this word to be demeaning because it labels a person by his or her disease. Because The Recovery Village views addictive disorder as a disease, making the distinction between the person and the disease is essential to maintaining dignity, and hope for recovery.
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