Once an Addict, Always an Addict?
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MyMO asked survey respondents to explain why they agree or disagree with the statement, “once an addict, always an addict.” Several of their opinions are listed below:

• “I know people who were an addict and they have been clean for many, many years.”

• “A person can go to rehab and come out clean and stay clean.”

• “It’s going to be really hard, but it’s possible. I know someone who was an addict and got put in prison for it and it changed his whole life. When he got out of prison, he wasn’t an addict anymore. It’s possible to stop.”

• “No matter if you get help or anything, the want is always going to be there and anything could trigger that feeling.”

• “Addiction is something you are born with.”

• “I have seen many of my friends and family get help because they wanted it and are 100 percent cured of the habit. Even if they start using them again, at one point they were not a necessity for them.”

• “Even though they are not addicted to drugs they could have another type of addiction.”

• “People can change and get a second chance.”

•“Once you’re addicted you can never stop.”

• “You can always get yourself help and if you really want to stop with drugs you can gain control and stop.”

• “People who get addicted to drugs could go to rehab and end up not being addicted to the drug or have the want/need to start another drug. However, sometimes they just can’t live without the drug because it has become a huge part of their life, which is pretty sad.”

• “If you are a very strong person, you have a chance of stopping if you get enough help and you have supportive family helping you through it.”

• “People can always change even in the most dire situation.”

• “Anything is possible with God.”

• “Some people get past their addiction completely and decide to live a better, more responsible lifestyle. Although a lot of addicts get cured and do go back to using drugs again.”

• “People can’t quit. It is very hard.”

• “One of my older cousins had smoked for many years. A few years ago, he stopped suddenly because he felt ‘it getting too expensive.’ He found a new, non-dangerous habit and has not smoked since.”

• “Rehab and counseling can help people overcome the bad choices they have made in their life.”

• “My parents were both cocaine addicts and alcoholics for over 15 years, and today they are both clean and sober. My sister was also addicted to cocaine and alcohol and today she is clean and sober as well.”

• “I think whether you quit doing drugs or not, your addiction will never go away. Just because you stop using drugs doesn’t mean that they’re not on your mind all the time. It doesn’t mean that you stop physically and mentally feel like you need it to go on. I believe the addiction is always there, but it is more than possible to quit using.”

• “They will always be addicted to that drug but that doesn’t mean they will always take it.”

• “I have alcoholics in my family, and they no longer drink; though they still struggle with it every day.”

• “It depends on if the person wanted to change in the first place or not.”

• “Yes, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible for someone with a drug or alcohol addiction to stop using drugs or drinking. It just means that they will never be able to use these substances casually again without falling back into their addiction.”

• “Even if you go to rehab if you and are still around the drugs or alcohol you’ll probably be tempted by it and want to try it again, even if you think you got over it and think one little drink isn’t going to hurt me. Everything can hurt you. Even if it is one drink or one drug.”