Today at a meeting a person told me she was in a profession that frowned upon saying she was an alcoholic. I also work in a profession where being an alcoholic is a stigma.

Why the stigma? Why can’t we say “Hey I once was a drunk but now I’m recovering?” Why does this have to be a bad thing? It the same with abuse or trauma. It’s the dirty little secret no one wants to talk about. Just because we keep it hushed it still exists.

In my life I have experienced abuse, trauma and addiction. Can anyone say they don’t know someone who has? We all have that family member or have experienced this ourself.

I’ve met doctors and lawyers who have been touched by this disease. This disease has no discrimination. It touches the rich and the poor. No matter how educated you are it can touch you. I hate the disease but love the solution. That is recovery.