We are honored once again to feature a straight-to-the-point guest post by Carol Davis. Carol is a licensed practitioner with the Center for Spiritual Living in Palm Desert, California. She has been in recovery for 43 years. She is also a motivational speaker and the author of Changeless Change. To connect with Carol, please visit her website.
In gratitude, harmony, and support,
To Label or Not to Label
By Carol Davis
I am a licensed practitioner with Centers for Spiritual Living, and I am a recovering alcoholic. I wanted to write this article because there appears to be ongoing controversy about people in New Thought saying “I am an alcoholic.”
I have heard ministers, practitioners, and laity express concern that I “put that label” on myself. When I invite further conversation around the subject, I am told that if I really understood and believed our teachings, I would know that the label adds power to “the problem.” Some people have even gone so far as to say I should not be attaching such a negative word to myself–one that adds power to the condition–because I am claiming ownership of the condition when I do that.
I have heard this conversation in study groups and have observed two ministers talking about how sad it is that “those people” have to do that. One of the ministers actually said, “Don’t they know they are making it worse by repeating the word over and over?”
Though my response never seems to change anybody’s mind, I’ll share it with you anyway:
I do, in fact, state, “I am Carol, and I am an alcoholic.”
I do not mind saying it because I do not consider it a problem or a negative thing.
I love being a sober alcoholic in a program of recovery.
I do not find anything wrong with being an alcoholic.
I always add that the only people who have a problem with it are people who have a problem with the word alcoholic. Some people see it as a terrible, negative label – as a terrible affliction.
Again, I love being a sober alcoholic in recovery, and I love being a Science of Mind practitioner. I have no conflict with the Science of Mind and calling myself an alcoholic. Hopefully, this very short post will generate conversation.
What do you think? Please share your opinion.