Alcoholic and addict can be strong words for many people, and even offensive to those who drink and use drugs on a regular basis. Movies and Television often show an extreme and unflattering side of addiction that not everyone experiences, and when someone compares themselves to the stereotypical alcoholic and addict, they either don’t think they have a problem or are too ashamed to admit they do.
There are different reasons why people use drugs, beside the fact that it makes them feel good. For many people, drug and alcohol abuse can be a symptom of something else; something deeper. If you think you may have a problem with substance use, one important question you can ask yourself is “Why do I need a drug to be happy?”
I’ve been sober since 1996, and although there are days when I have to work a little harder at being happy, I no longer need alcohol to help me. I also no longer define myself as an alcoholic. I want to be clear, though, that I’m not making light of alcoholism and addiction. My goal is to help change the often negative and misunderstood conceptions people have and end the shame so many people feel.
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