Many times in the halls of Alcoholic’s Anonymous you will hear people just identify as an addict. A drug addict. However, they will adamantly deny that they are an alcoholic. They will say things like “I don’t have a problem with alcohol, I’m just an addict.” “I quit doing drugs, but I can have a few drinks.” “It’s not a problem, I can stop whenever I want.” This often will make the old timers cringe, because they have heard it all too many times before. The member’s of Alcoholic’s Anonymous that have long term sobriety know that this does not work. It does not work because a drug is a drug is a drug. Alcohol is a drug. Plain and simple. Just because it was never really the addicts so called “drug of choice”, it still is a mind altering substance. The issue with addicts and alcoholics is not so much what the substance is, but why they are using them. The disease of addiction, whether it be drugs, alcohol or any other vice really is centered in the mind. It is a mind powered disease. A disease that completely takes over and makes you lose all control. It takes from you the ability to make decisions on your own.
Drug addict still drinks
Speaking from my own experience being an alcoholic, I am also an addict too. My problem is moderation. My brain does not really allow me to do anything in moderation. I have never done heroin, but I know that if I did it once, I would not be able to stop. In my opinion and the opinion of many others is that the only way is through complete abstinence from any drink or drug. Some people in recovery take it as far as not even taking over the counter medications. My thoughts are it is all about your motives. Some over the counter medications, household products, plants and supplements can make you intoxicated. If your intentions are pure, if you are prescribed something that you really need, then your being true to your recovery.
As far as the addict that thinks that they can still drink, you will hear these old timers say, “Let me know how that works out for you Tell me all about it when you end up right back here.” The reason behind this, as cold as it may sound is because it is a common thing that is heard in the halls from the newcomer addict. The problem is the addict that thinks this will start drinking. But, just like when they were doing drugs, just a little alcohol will not be enough. The progression of the disease creeps up and it creeps up very fast. Before you know it those couple of drinks maybe on the weekend, turn into every night. Then it turns in to every day and around the clock. They body starts to need the alcohol, just like it did with the drugs. Another thing that happens often is the drink will lead them right back to their drug of choice.