The language that is used to define ourselves is thankfully changing for the better. We are seeing less and less people identifying themselves as “addicts” or “alcoholics,” which can be viewed as denigrating or shameful sometimes, and frankly continues to keep some people in the frame of mind that they cannot change.

Instead, we’re hearing the phrase “in long-term recovery” much more frequently. This is much more appropriate, because it can show stability, recognize there can be difficulty and also allow to move beyond the addict terminology.