On Language Surrounding Chemical Dependence
If you are suffering, or have ever suffered from the cycle of addiction, I love you. I hear you. You are worth so much more than what you realize.
You are not ‘an addict’. You are addicted. There’s a big difference.
Your name is not “junkie”. You are who you say you are. You are the paths you travel and the hands you hold.
Chemical dependency does not have to erase the core of who you are, and it should never define you.
Letting go is much harder than what we, as fellow flawed humans, have given you credit for.
As a person involved in the sphere of mental health, I’d like to say personally, before anything else, I will do my best to not let your personhood be buried under the weight of the stigma.