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



Letter: Understanding Nature of Addiction

Monday, July 15, 2013

To the Editor: The front page of your July 8 edition referred to a Chicago Tribune story inside the paper with the phrase, “Exercise Helps Ex-Addicts Stay Clean.” Whatever the merits of the story itself, this gets it off to a bad start: There is no such thing as an ex-addict. By using the characterization “ex-addict,” you’re spreading misinformation, which, …