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I was doing some media work last week with an addiction psychiatrist, and we were discussing no-go areas when talking about addiction.  The word “addict” came up.  I’ve used the word addict before when talking about food, where those who believe they are addicted to food call themselves food addicts.  In those cases I haven’t been using it in the way the pejorative sense the word is often used by the Daily Mail and others.  The addiction psychiatrist said she considers the word addict unacceptable, and even if those with addiction problems are using the word to describe themselves, that doesn’t give others the right to use it.  I don’t have an answer to this, and don’t know how I feel about it, but I would be interested in getting a debate going.  If you’re reading this, and have a view, let me know, and I’ll post all comments up.

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