July 30, 2009
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I was seriously considering the accusation below from the TDA mailbag when this song popped into head.
By using the label “alcoholic”, you are keeping your stigma alive. If you
choose to use label, however, how about referring to the malady as a
Even though I rarely let the rough and ready façade slip, I am a BeeGees fan and have even been known to submit myself to repeated bursts of ABBA. Now while I may be slightly embarrassed about my 70’s cheese fetish, I am not in the least ashamed of my recovering alcoholic status. It is not “my” stigma, but instead our society’s ignorance. Changing the name to malady or even something funny/goofy like sobriety-challenged accomplishes nothing more than suggest to the public that I feel there is something shameful about being an alcoholic.
I will keep educating the public and advocating for the cause, but will refuse to hide behind such an obfuscation- might as well call alcoholism just another man-caused disaster.
Alcoholism. As one of my favorite recovering alcoholics is apt to say, “it is what it is” and no fancy name change is going to do anything about it.
July 26, 2009
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There seems to be a little bit of confusion not only with the general public but also in the blogosphere that everyone in recovery should try their best to remain anonymous. I know that much of this has to do with misconception that if one is in recovery, it must have been accomplished through a 12 step program like AA. I’ve even had someone try to make the point that I should not voice my opinion in a political/issues debate because of the twelfth tradition.
I don’t know if you are an alcoholic, but I assume you at least have a close association with alcoholism and its treatment. Do us all a favor, foocus [sic] on your recovery and the 12 traditions – stay out of political debate. ~ Idiot Stoner #124,769
Personally, I think the world could do with a little less addiction anonymity and a whole lot more recognition of those in a successful recovery. It not only reduces the stigma by providing role model examples of those in recovery as responsible and productive members of society, but also encourages others not to be embarrassed to seek help. More than anything it can foster hope to those suffering from addiction and their families that have given up hope.
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