You may be recovering. That's fine with me. You may even be "in recovery". You might even cite you're 25 years of "recovering".
That's fine with me. No skin off my back.
Recovering is for people who don't want to do / don't need to do steps... also for people who hate A.A.
Here's a word you could throw into the mix; cured. Now, I'm not cured. I don't believe I could successfully go back to drinking and do it successfully. Nor do I want to. That's why I'm recovered.
Now, is alcoholism a disease for real alcoholics? I believe not. Alcoholics are fuck-ups. That's a fact. Getting recovered gives me a daily reprieve from being a fuck-up. A.A. is for fuck-ups.
Wouldn't you like to be a reprieved fuck-up too?
People who say they are recovering... are not. - R.I.P. Frank McKibbon