Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
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.
If you never fell prey to the addictive behavior then you are not an addict, but once you do, then you always are, even if you learn to control it. It's fine if you don't agree, but that doesn't change the fact that this is the widely accepted POV within addiction treatment circles.