Originally Posted by TRF
There is no such thing as an ex-addict. There is no one in the medical community nor any addicts that would ever agree with your stance. This isn't the same as wiping out smallpox. It's a disease and a condition. And your pov is misinformed.
My POV be different than yours, but don't pretend you're the only one that's seen an addiction.
You become an ex-addict when you control your addiction. Period. If you control it, and do not allow yourself to be consumed by your addiction, you are not an addict. It's really not complicated.
The temptation isn't what defines an addict. As I said, it's the ability or inability to resist temptation. We're not considered an addict because we want to pick up a six-pack every night. We're considered an addict when we give in to the temptation to do it and wind up drinking 12 cans of beer.
The term "addict" is relative and based on one's actions. Everyone has an addiction. A vice. We've all given into our addictions at some point or another. Some of us have controlled them, others not. But by your standard, we're all addicts because we've all got addictive behavior and there are no such thing as ex-addicts.