No longer an “alcoholic” or “addict”

Faces and VoicesFaces and Voices of Recovery encourage us to drop the negative images we have of ourselves as “alcoholics” or “addicts”.

An estimated 23 million of us in the US are defined as “persons in long-term recovery”. Most of us over the years have been trained to say we were addicted — to  substances including alcohol — when identifying ourselves in meetings. This neglects to mention that we are now in recovery, from months to many years of abstinence.

The simple wording change from “addict” to someone in “long-term recovery” stresses the positive changes we have made in our lives. It lets us tell others — in meetings  and in our community, if we choose to — that we contribute positively in all levels of life.

Importantly, this claim helps us realize what we now are. It can change the way we think of ourselves. It stresses that we have survived being in active addiction, and that we live now in recovery.

I will post more about living in long-term recovery and the organization Faces of Recovery and what it can mean to us and our lives as citizens and for others joining our ranks after active addiction.


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