Sticks & Stones: Removing the Stigma of Addiction

Aspire Indiana, Inc.

114982“Words are important. If you want to care for something, you call it a flower; if you want to kill something, you call it a weed.
-Don Coyhis

Our language shapes and reveals attitudes that can be quite subtle. Because we are in the business of using language, our choice of words in describing what we do and who we treat becomes very important. This is particularly true in the treatment of addiction disorders.
Despite the scientific advances we have seen in our understanding of the biological and cognitive aspects of abuse and addiction, people (including treatment professionals) still think of addiction as a choice, not an illness.

A core concept that has evolved over the last 10 years is that drug addiction is a brain disease that develops over time as a result of the initially voluntary choice of using drugs (including alcohol and tobacco). Addiction professionals now know…

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A View from the Other Side


Guest Blogger Nadine H. Shares her story. You can visit her website at..

Hi, my name is Nadine and I am the wife of a former alcoholic and addict, sibling to a sister who is a former addict and brother who lost his battle with alcoholism. I’ve shared parts of my story through my writing before, but this is the first time I am sharing so much more of my story and I think it’s time.

My Family Story

There may be a genetic component to alcoholism in my family, but, to be honest, I’m not sure. I know that there is alcoholism on both sides; both my paternal grandfather and my aunt on my mother’s side suffered from it, as well as some cousins. As for the drug addiction, I’m not aware of any drug users in the family, so I’m not sure where that comes from.


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I wish I could say that I changed my thinking and now I am cured. Ha! That would be like that dude from TV who was an addict for 10 years and now he’s not.

What I can say is I practice changing the way I think and I have noticed a tremendous change in the way I live. The way I choose to go about my days. The way I respond to people and the way they respond to me. I can also say that my life has gotten a whole lot better but I still have those days. You know the days when I get the fuck it’s. The days when I just don’t want to do the right thing. My thinking is upside down and will always be subject to cause chaos.. If I allow myself to dwell on those negative thoughts.

It’s all about making decisions…

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Thinking of You! ;)

Become Free!


Hey!!! How are you?

I’m just making my way through town today and thought I would come by and say hello.

How is everything? I miss you.

Don’t you miss me? I was there for you every step of the way. Through heartache and loss. I was there for you when you needed me. I comforted you every day. Gave you a place to hide, a place to erase the guilt and the pain.

I offered you a way out every time.

You fought for me. You stole for me. You lied for me. You did whatever you could to satisfy me. I was on your mind every second and every minute of every day. You even dumped your girlfriend for me. You ignored all your friends for me. You divorced your spouse for me. You sold your belongings for me. You put all your priorities and responsibilities aside for…

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What is the Pink Cloud and How It Affects Your Recovery

Sober Courage

Many addicts and alcoholics are known to live in high extremes when they are using. This tendency often remains in progression after they become clean or sober. Thus, many people in early recovery go through a phase of extra-heightened happiness and excitement that often even creates euphoria about their newfound life in recovery. This phase in recovery is often referred to as the Pink Cloud.


The Pink Cloud often affects new people in recovery who are experiencing excessively optimistic outlook on their life and recovery itself. It almost seems like they are untouchable by anything negative and they seem to be wearing a pair of “rose colored” glasses. Yet we all know that early recovery is quite difficult and it often throws many challenges our way as well as a rollercoaster of emotions that at times may be hard to manage.

There is much to learn about yourself once you…

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I remember what it was like before I came into recovery. I remember where I came from. The hopelessness, worthlessness the despair. I remember those lonely days and even lonelier nights. The isolation and feelings of being locked in a cycle of insanity. My self made prison of paranoia.

If it had not been for the grace of God. Had I not been spared the degradation and desperation . had it not been for that devine intervention I would have killed myself. I just couldn’t bare to live the way I was living any longer.

I was saved from myself, from my own self destruction. I was given a second chance. I was offered the opportunity to change, the opportunity to start over and to try a new way of doing things. I heard the life saving message of hope and the promise of freedom. Freedom from active addiction.


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