If someone can stop using drugs or alcohol for weeks at a time, they “aren’t” an addict—correct?

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JoeHerzanekQ: If someone can stop using drugs or alcohol for weeks at a
time, they “aren’t” an addict—correct?




A. Not necessarily.
I’ve seen a few instances where an addict/alcoholic will stop using for weeks at a time. They might stop because of a bad consequence that occurred, or maybe their spouse moved out, or they’ve encountered a legal problem of some kind. There are even some people who develop a pattern of this; they abstain for a period and then go on a binge. The real issue is still one of control. When using, can they control their use? For the alcoholic/addict, the answer is always the same: No.

Why Don't They Just Quit? What families and friends need to know about addiction and recovery." by Joe HerzanekThis “Q & A with Joe” is excerpted from Part 5 of “Why Don’t They Just Quit? What families and friends need to know about addiction and recovery.”

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