Words like “addict” and “alcoholic” can carry a heavy weight. In fact, the stigma evoked by these labels drives many of us deeper into denial and isolation.
What if we stopped getting so hung up on labels and, instead, channeled a language that felt less threatening? What if we chose to address our unique relationships with drugs and alcohol on our own terms? What if we acknowledged that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution and approached recovery in an individualized way? I propose we do just that.
Jen Anderson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), sobriety coach, former alcohol enthusiast, and writer living in Florida.