Letter: Speaking of Word Choice
To the Editor:
In the July 20 Forum, letter writer Chris Weinmann contends that addiction is chronic and cannot be cured. I accept that, but find it curious that the term “recovering addict” is commonly used to refer to an addict who by consensus cannot recover and who at best will forever be recovering. In this context, the word “recovering” connotes a false promise. I am an alcoholic who has not had a drop of the stuff in 27 years and counting. Please do not color me a recovering alcoholic. Color me an abstaining alcoholic.
Gerald R. Kozak