Is Addiction A Life Sentence?

“Once an addict, always an addict.”

If you have been in recovery for any amount of time, you have heard this statement. Which is why my last blog, Reflections probably had some of you reeling. This is one of the more damming renowned recovery statements.

I use the word ‘damming’ to describe it because I feel that way when I hear it. Like my entire recovery is being funneled into this life sentence telling me repeatedly that eventually, I will relapse. That seems like a bum rap from the jumpstart if you ask me.

Am I the only one who feels like this system is setting me up for the mindset that I will inevitably fail, rather than that I will undoubtedly succeed?