What Makes Go Sober Different: Words We Don’t Like To Use

Go Sober is unlike any other alcohol treatment program you’ve ever seen before. Due to our unique setup, we’ve become highly successful at helping people say goodbye to alcohol forever. Here at Go Sober, we’re changing the game when it comes to alcohol treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention. In order to enact this change, there are words at Go Sober that we try not to use or words that we want to change. In this blog post we will be diving deeper into these words, what they mean, why we want to change them, and more. Keep reading to learn more!   


The word “alcoholic” refers and assigns people in a category that we believe isn’t helpful or positive. Due to this negative connotation, we prefer to refer to people who have a strong dependence on alcohol in their daily life, as a person who is alcohol dependent, or someone who drinks too much. The word alcoholic has a standpoint that categorizes and brands a person, almost making it sound like they will be like that forever, which is not the case with Go Sober.   


When you hear the term relapse, it implies that this person had no choice and that they just had to have another drink. We prefer the term “returned to drinking” because with our treatment there is no relapsing. Once our clients complete our treatment program they have complete control over their life and their choice to drink. So if they did choose to return to drinking, it was their choice, not because of some uncontrollable desire.    

Relapse Prevention

Relapse prevention has the implication that a person will drink and therefore will require a prophylaxis. A prophylaxis is some type of action that is taken to prevent a disease, basically a similar word for preventative healthcare. We believe that this word makes people think that they will be stuck in a mindset where they’re constantly thinking about alcohol and that they need some type of identity shift to get out of this mindset. Drinking does not define you, which is why we prefer to use the term or phrase “I used to drink, now I don’t.” With Go Sober, drinking is completely off the table and not something that you will be constantly thinking about.   

Harm Reduction

Harm reduction may sound like it gives off a positive voice, which it can in certain cases. However, when it comes to drinking and Go Sober, the term harm reduction is not possible for those who have attained dependence on alcohol.   

Best Practices 

Similarly to the word above, this word also may seem like there is no negative association with this word. But, without standards of what these best practices are, it’s almost meaningless. To us, it’s a very self-serving term and with Go Sober you won’t need it.   

Success Rate 

The term success rate sounds great because it has the word success in it, right? Success rate refers to something that has an end point or something that is measurable. Unfortunately, there is no standard, convention, or true measurement of that. At Go Sober, we define it as one year without alcohol, a time period that is also based on independent survey results.   

Hit Rock Bottom

This term has an extremely negative connotation, and why would you want to define a point in life as something that makes it sound like you can’t fix it? If you have a dependence on alcohol, this is something that is easily fixable, especially when you work with Go Sober.   

In Recovery

If you say that someone is in recovery, it makes it seem as if they’re trapped into some type of box that they can’t get out of. Go Sober treats the problem, so once you’ve completed our treatment there is no need to be “in recovery;” you’ve already fixed it!   

Recovered Alcoholic 

To us, this is an annoying label and something that most people probably don’t want to be classified as. Once you’re treated with Go Sober, you’re just a person who simply chooses not to drink. You’re just like anyone one else, just like 25% of the population.   


A dependence on alcohol is not a disease. It’s simply a condition that has developed from drinking regularly over time. It’s treatable and you’ll be able to fully recover from it.   

Sobriety, In Sobriety, Maintaining Sobriety

This goes back to what we discussed about the term” in recovery.” Once again, it makes it seem as if they have to hold on to something and that they are in an unwanted state. All you’re doing is simply not drinking. That’s it!   


This term implies that we have to live with a condition and that we can’t change it. If you have a dependency to alcohol, you have the full ability and power to change that. It’s not something that you have to deal with or live with. You’re not stuck!   


A craving tends to relate to something negative, like a person who is on a diet and is craving unhealthy food. Instead of saying the word craving, we prefer to use the term cueing. Cravings refer to the brain signals or cues that a person uses to get what they need. However, when you work with Go Sober this is something that you won’t even have to worry about since you’ll be able to say goodbye to alcohol forever!    


A roadblock implies that there is some type of insurmountable obstacle. With Go Sober, there is no roadblock that you’ll have to encounter. No matter what you think you’re struggling with, we’re here to help you so that you have a clear road ahead of you!   


The word trigger or triggers, refers to something that has a negative following to it. It gives the implication that it’s inevitable and that you have no choice when or where it affects you. The truth is, you do have control over it and we can choose to let things not affect us. After your alcohol treatment with Go Sober, you won’t have any triggers. You’ll be able to choose what affects you and what doesn’t.   

Sober, Clean and Sober 

Instead of these, we like to use the term of “a person who doesn’t drink.” Simply move forward with your life without letting your past behavior follow or define you.   

Meet Them Where They Are

This gives off the image that a person is not good enough, which is something that we never believe. All you need to do is validate and move on. Your new habits will replace the old ones and you’ll be able to move on with your life.    The Go Sober alcohol treatment program is different from anything you have ever heard of or seen before. We’ve spent years working with top neuroscientists, medical professionals, mental-health experts, and addiction specialists to develop an outpatient alcohol treatment program that has an incredibly high probability of success. We have one goal, and that is to help you go sober forever. We even offer everyone a free consultation. This is your chance to be open and honest and receive advice from a trained addiction specialist. It’s no obligation and confidential. Connect with us today to start your journey on to a better life.

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