Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
When I said people could be "cured" I worded it poorly. Though I tried clarifying that position, I may have done a poor job. What I meant, though, was that I totally agree that in most cases, the temptation--the urge to possibly relapse--probably never goes away. I don't really deny that. I think that's honestly true for a lot of addictions. Obese people that lose a hundred or more pounds probably never lose the urge to overeat. But what I mean is that once you've taken a hold of your addiction and stop let it consuming your life, I believe you have cured yourself because it's no longer an addiction if you're not falling for your temptations. I can understand the apprehension about calling something a "cure" if it has the ability of relapse. But when you stop letting your addiction take over, you are, at least at that point in time, not an addict.
That's what everyone has said. Just because you are always an addict that doesn't mean you are actively failing in recovery.
Recovery never ends, therefore the addiction never ends.
And you are darn right telling clients they are always going to be an addict is a great treatment tool. If I told my clients that their recovery was now over because they had for a period stopped their cravings... All Hell would break loose.
I respect your debating skills throughout this thread. You quite frankly are wrong though.