The language of Addiction and Recovery: Harmful, Helpful or Both?

Workshop description

For more than two centuries addicted and recovering people in America have been the object of language created by others. This language is ill-suited to accurately portray their experience or to serve as a catalyst for change…

When historically stigmatized peoples create movements to alter the conditions in which they are stigmatized, they often begin with processes of renaming… replacing others’ labels with words of their own choosing… William White

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Roads to Recovery Center
2600 Memorial Ave., Suite 107
Lynchburg, VA 24501


Friday, September 11, 2015 9 a.m. until noon


There is no fee for this workshop; however a minimum donation of $20 is suggested to cover our costs.

Register by Sept. 9

Who Should Attend?

Counselors, administrators, educators, advocates, community organizations, anyone interested in how to help people achieve long-term recovery in our community.

Goals for this workshop

  1. Consider the relationships between words, language, thoughts, power, stigma and people with substance use disorders
  2. Reflect on the current language of addiction and recovery and assess its strengths and areas of incongruence with the mission and values of recovery
  3. Begin to define a new pro-recovery vocabulary

About the presenter

Sandy Kanehl, M.Ed., CSAC, CPRS has 35 years’ experience in addiction treatment and recovery services including counseling, prevention, program development, management and supervision, all levels of care, teaching and training in local, statewide and national venues. She is currently Director of Roads to Recovery programs in Lynchburg, VA. Special interests include training for peers and professionals in stigma fighting, advocacy and recovery management for people with substance use disorders, and developing recovery-oriented systems of care.

Join us for this thought-provoking discussion during RECOVERY MONTH 2015!