POMPANO BEACH – Recovering addicts Nicole Murano, Monica Morin, Bobbie Linkhorn, and Kelley Roberts explained why they feel they are victors of their addiction. It is important to avoid victimizing addicts so that addicts can hold themselves accountable for their recovery. Both Morin and Linkhorn reiterated that playing the victim hindered them from recovery.
According to Addiction Center, “over 20.6 million people in the United States had a [drug or alcohol] addiction in 2011.” Although there is an ongoing debate as to whether or not addiction is a disease, an article featured in The Brown University Digest of Addiction Theory and Application stated that understanding addictive behavior holds the addict accountable instead of assigning blame. Viewing an addict as a victor will offer the addict reassurance that they have the capability to overcome their addiction.