Arla F asked in HealthMental Health · 1 decade ago

Can someone really recover from being an addict?

My son's dad has been an addict for around 10 years. This is his second time being in a rehab. But he has two years of time there,"Delancy St.". Do you think that if an addict really wants a clean and sober life that they can obtain one?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Wow - that's a really difficult question to answer... in large part it depends on the person, their environment and amount of support they receive from the community, family and friends...

    No one ever stops being an addict... once your addiction has manifested, it will be there for the rest of your life. However, staying clean and sober is another matter.

    I known people who've managed for fifty years, so staying clean and sober is certainly a possibility if the person truly wants it and has a support network that helps them stay clean...

    So in short, I know its possible, but its hard to avoid relapse... a person needs to be supported in the sobriety/staying clean... and those around him/her need to watch for signs of slipping... failure to go to meetings, failure to go to therapy, what have you, are all signs that the person might be slipping.

    And there are always the triggers, unique to each individual, which must be watched for...

    But it is entirely possible.

    -dh

    Source(s): experience
  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. Many people have done it. But the person has to have a strong will to quit. The first step is admitting they have a problem and wanting to do something about it. The next step is detox, which usually must be done under medical supervision. Then they need support groups, counseling and therapy. Alot of times people will fall and start using again. There's absolutely no reason to give up hope. They can pull themselves up and try again. It's not a "three strikes and you're out" deal. Some people can overcome it the first time, some take several tries and some, sadly, never do and they die. I wish your son's dad and your family all the best.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I am beginning to wonder. I think it is all about the type of personality the person has. My boyfriend used drugs and drank and spent some time in rehab a bunch of years ago. He has been clean ever since and has no desire to ever touch the stuff again. My soon to be ex husband is an alcoholic and a former drug addict, and has turned back to drugs. My soon to be ex is also using Effexor for his depression. If they really want to be clean, YES they can get clean and stay clean. It's called will power, determination and VERY hard work.

  • 1 decade ago

    My answer is a sure yes because I know for a fact that quite a number of people really did recover from being addicts. Some of them are now involved in church work and/or social work. It will take a very large dose of determination from the addict himself though. There is always a tendency for an addict to go back to his old ways. This void in that portion of his life has to be filled appropriately. Please seek appropriate help to aid him. Have a Merry Christmas!

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  • 4 years ago

    In a be conscious - NO. as quickly as an alcoholic consistently an alcoholic. as quickly as a Drug Addict, consistently a drug addict. they are able to be clean and sober, confident, yet they're nonetheless who they're. One drink is basically too lots, then one hundred isn't adequate. the reason they have the undertaking interior the 1st place is using the fact they think of that they are coping with it whilst they are not. in case you look after this individual, do no longer settle for ANY use of those issues, or a relapse is forthcoming. It sounds like it may already be too previous due. ****An alcoholic who gets decrease than the impression of alcohol isn't a improving alcoholic - he's basically an alcoholic.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, but its not easy. The person has to really be 110% committed. You can never "get over" the addiction, but you can learn to live without drugs. It involves not just going to meetings, but changing your entire lifestyle -- giving up your friends, staying away from your old hangouts, even changing the way that you think. That's too hard for alot of people. Its easy to stay under the control of your drug of choice, even though you know what you're giving up. Its a wonderful feeling to break free though, I wish more people could experience it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    An addict is always an addict. Even when they aren't using drugs. And yes of course, if the addict really wants to stop using, of course it's possible. Possible but painful. It's a long hard road to recovery. Be there for him, he needs support right now and lots of it.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes it is possible, he should be aware of a Higher Power, if he has gone to AA meetings and rehab, they learn to acknowledge God, the Higher Power, and to God nothing is impossible.Many have overcome addictions with Gods help, and are helping others. You can be assured of our prayers for the ones suffering from addictions and that includes your sons dad. Pray for him , the Lord hears prayer, and answers. Alanon,is available they have meetings for family members of the addicted, God bless you, Merry Christmas

  • 1 decade ago

    An addict has to want to really stop using whatever he is addicted to first. If you do not want to stop, then rehab will not work. And, he has to want to stop for him/herself not for someone else. I know many recovered addicts that havent used in so many years. IT IS POSSIBLE. All said it was hard though.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    ya they can.. most of the time the persons propensity towards addiction is just channeled into a better outlet. such as smoking lol.... or working etc.. but yes.. i have seen it happen where someone went from shooting herion to being totally straight and getting a college degree.

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