Posted by MB on November 3, 2001, at 15:01:11
In reply to Re: addiction and recovery » MB, posted by Elizabeth on November 1, 2001, at 16:19:55
Yeah, they *do* say "once an addict always an addict." I think they say this because of how many people who, after a period of abstinence, try to go back to their drug of choice and use it "normally." Many of these people find that, even after long periods of abstinence, they quickly become re-addicted when they go back to their drugs of choice. Looking at it this way, I can see the usefulness of saying "once an addict always an addict," because it might prevent a person from saying, "well, I've gone a year without a drink, I think I'll go down to the bar for one beer" when, in fact, they won't ever be able to have just *one* beer. However, I find the statement also extremely annoying because...how can you be "addicted" to a drug if you aren't even taking that drug?