I believe that addiction can be cured, and I am bothered by the notion that all alcoholics/addicts are only ever 'recovering'. This kind of language itself promotes the stigma/stereotypes that addicts are forever. What are your thoughts on this?
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I was heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol for 15 years. I have been clean and sober for 11 years now and my life has radically changed. I personally do believe a person can fully recover and see permanent lasting change.
One of the things I've learned in recovery is to speak only for myself. I can't say what another might experience. I began my last comment with "I'll speak only for myself." You have found "permanent lasting change," and I am delighted to hear it.
I personally believe addiction needs to be treated in other domains: physical, mental and SPIRITUAL.
Paula, I appreciate your attitude on this. It is a very individual matter. I take a day at a time and handle opportunities I have to take another drink one at a time. I don't have to say "never again." I just say, "Not this time." It works for me.