The company I work for just acquired a major drug rehab group as a client, and I was hired on to be a part of their writing team. As we are writing our articles and such one of the problems we have discovered we are running into is what we are calling the people who are within, and/or recent graduates of, the facility. No one on staff personally knows anyone who has gone through the recovery process so we don’t have anyone we can really ask, so I thought I’d make a thread here.
It’s easy just to keep saying “addict” and “recovering addict” but I think that sounds a bit…harsh. Because of this I mostly go with “recovering individual” or “patients” as much as possible but, again, I just don’t know.
Can anyone shed any light on what recovering addicts prefer to be called when being referenced? Is “recovering addict” ok? Recovering individual? Former user?