Posted by alexandra_k on February 21, 2005, at 23:39:14
In reply to Name change?, posted by fires on February 21, 2005, at 22:59:38
> Does anyone else (besides my docs whom I've asked) think that the "withdrawal" board should be changed to the "discontinuation" board, in the interest of medical accuracy
But withdrawal from medication and discontinuation of medication are two seperate phenomena. For example, someone may discontinue and not suffer withdrawal. I don't understand how the proposed change is supposed to be more accurate and I especially don't understand how it is supposed to be more 'medically' accurate unless the terms have a specific medical meaning that I am unaware of.
>and in order to avoid the negative stigma of the association of withdrawal with addiction?
That would be dealt with on the substance board.
Perhaps persisting with the current name is one way to combat the negative stigma associated with the withdrawal of addiction (I am assuming that you are meaning 'addiction to illegal substances').
Personally, I don't feel such stigma.
I don't much worry about the people who do, either. That is their issue. So long as they don't act out at me because of it.