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Substance-use disorders (SUD) are disorders in which mild, moderate, or severe use of one or more substances impairs functioning. Alcohol-use disorder (AUD) is a form of SUD in which alcohol is the primary substance used (see SAMHSA).

When addressing the topic of SUDs, we use person-centered language, which removes stigmatizing language and separates an individual from a diagnosis. For example, instead of referring to a person as an “addict” or “substance abuser,” it is better to say “person with a substance use disorder.” For more information on the language of SUDs, see NIDA.

For more resources, recovery support, or ways to get involved in the recovery community at TCNJ, see the TCNJ Collegiate Recovery Program.

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