what is your definition of an alcoholic or drug addict?

I am doing some research on how people define an alcoholic or drug addict and also how you would tackle such a problem if it was someone you knew.

An addict ( of any kind) is someone who is completely preoccupied by a substance and cannot go through a day without being under the influence. When other people can stop at 2 or 3 drinks, an addict does not have a stopping point. Addicts typically have self-esteem issues and have deep rooted emotional problems due to a traumatic experience (e.g. abuse, death) and are unable to cope with emotions that come with those experiences. Some one who is addicted is using a substance in order to not feel the pain they are dealing with. I work in addictions, and I will tell you that the only way the addict can overcome the issue is for them to truly want it for themselves. Explain sympathetically that you believe they have a problem with their drinking or drugs and you are worried about them. DO NOT judge, blame, or insult this individual because more than likely they see they have a problem and already feel bad about it. Try to be as supportive as possible and suggest addiction facilities in your area. Addiction is a very hard disease to beat, and no one can change the addict, unfortunantely, it is up to the addict to change themselves. Give it time, be understanding and supportive, and understand that recovery is an everyday process.

3 Responses to “what is your definition of an alcoholic or drug addict?”

  • Gemini says:

    My ex husband was/is an alcoholic, he could not go a day with out alcohol, drank til he passed out. I tried talking to him time and time again, begging, pleading etc, his mum, and my daughter and son in law tried talking to him as they saw what he was like, but in the end our marriage broke up. You can’t help them if they won’t admit they have a problem, my ex wouldn’t!!!!
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  • whitney says:

    An addict ( of any kind) is someone who is completely preoccupied by a substance and cannot go through a day without being under the influence. When other people can stop at 2 or 3 drinks, an addict does not have a stopping point. Addicts typically have self-esteem issues and have deep rooted emotional problems due to a traumatic experience (e.g. abuse, death) and are unable to cope with emotions that come with those experiences. Some one who is addicted is using a substance in order to not feel the pain they are dealing with. I work in addictions, and I will tell you that the only way the addict can overcome the issue is for them to truly want it for themselves. Explain sympathetically that you believe they have a problem with their drinking or drugs and you are worried about them. DO NOT judge, blame, or insult this individual because more than likely they see they have a problem and already feel bad about it. Try to be as supportive as possible and suggest addiction facilities in your area. Addiction is a very hard disease to beat, and no one can change the addict, unfortunantely, it is up to the addict to change themselves. Give it time, be understanding and supportive, and understand that recovery is an everyday process.
    References :

  • ????? says:

    a drug addict is when the person cant go without the drug because he or she will get sick and go thru intense withdrawal,same with alcohol
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