The language of recovery is getting a new look. It may be confusing and mistakes will be made as we all attempt to adopt a clearer more useful and less condemning way of speaking to each other about recovery. It may be important to keep in mind when adopting these new terms, not everyone is up to date and to be patient as others become aware of these new terms. Below are easy to read charts to help us all transfer to a more loving and respectful way of speaking to and about loved ones struggling with substance use disorder.
I was born into a large Catholic Family of 14 children in Upstate New York. I graduated with my degree in Professional and Technical Writing from University of South Florida. My recovery story began when I witnessed addiction in close relatives and friends. Unable to change them I began to focus on what I could change, me. Building a support system for myself I now strive daily to keep the focus on me. In my articles I sometimes share stories from my own experience, strength, and hope. It is my hope that others will find courage to see "the elephant in the room" and seek out help for themselves against this cunning,baffling,and powerful disease.
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