You'll notice a few things about my approach to addiction that are different.
First, I never use the word "addict" to describe someone going through addiction. This is because people going through addiction are so much more than their disease. It is not who they are, it is something they are facing. Would you call someone going through cancer, 'cancer'?' No, it's something they are going through.
Second, it is my goal to end our "war on drugs" approach we've taken to addiction in the past. I believe this is harmful because it causes shame, guilt, and stigma- three things that are often root causes of addiction. At the end of the day, addiction is not the problem, it's a symptom of underlying challenges.
What we should really focus on is building a recovery lifestyle. A recovery lifestyle is about creating a life that supports recovery for good. If you or someone you love is in active addiction, there is a deeper cause. Building a recovery lifestyle helps take control of your life, and build a lifestyle that supports your journey to healing from addiction.