When people hear the word "addict" used to describe someone, all sorts of words will run through someone's mind. Rarely are those words nearly as kind as "sympathy" or "empathy" or "strong" and the one that is never in the first thoughts is "recovering". It's what has been engrained since we could understand the English language. Crackhead, theif, desperate, homeless, junkie, useless, liar, guilty. What's the most insulted and offended you have ever been in regards to your addiction? For me, it never occurred to me that I should be offended. Well, until I cleaned up. Then I finally became aware of all the insults and judgements that people would spit out in front of me. i suddenly understood that that was not them being friendly and nice. My brother announced to everyone in my family, and all of our mutual friends that he wasn't "inviting his crackhead sister" to his daughter's birthday party.