It was a tough year last year. However, I learned a lot. Most of what I learned I really didn't want to know, though. The main thing was that I didn't want to accept the fact that the man I was living with needed alcohol like most of us need water or food.
Frequently Asked Questions About Alcoholics
I decided to write up some frequently asked questions about alcoholics and/or drug use. I am answering these based on my experience living with someone who is an addict.
Couldn't that person just stop drinking (or abusing drugs)?
I lived with someone who was the classic 'I'm gonna stop drinking' type that never followed through. I believe the only way an individual like that could stop is if he or she went through professional detox and at least a year or two of counseling. This person is in that deep where he/she just will not be able to stop on his/her own.
Why does that person act that way?
The substance just takes over. He or she is just not in his right mind. The person can at a moment's notice decide to just go out and not even tell anyone—no phone calls, no answering the phone, nothing. A person is not usually considerate when “using” like someone who is sober.
What is dual addiction?
It means that a person is dependent physiologically on both alcohol and drugs. Usually addiction is tied to the other. A minor example is that a person who drinks often smokes cigarettes while drinking. However, a person might also indulge in illegal substances.