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    You did well, Greg. My uncle was a horrible drunk. He ruined his life and the lives of some of his children. One son was a drunk just like daddy and committed suicide when he was 39. The other son has never in his life drank alcohol. Genetics is a factor but not absolute.

    Me? I got so drunk I was unconscious for three days from alcohol poisoning and when I woke up I couldn't drink. For the first time in years I got sober and saw what a mess I was and quit.

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    My foster father was a mean drunk and used to beat my foster mother. I didn't drink until I was in the Army and went on a couple of real benders while in.

    Now, all I drink is a very rare glass of wine with special meal when I'm out with my wife.
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    We've all know people who quit being drunks or junkies. And, we've all known people who didn't. The difference? Those who quit decided they had to. The others, didn't.

    It doesn't help when you have friends and family telling you it isn't your fault, it's a disease over which you have no control, and we'll help you get along.

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    There have been numerous times when my wife and I were offered pain medications that could possibly become addictive. We simply refused to take them.

    Don't dope up and you won't become an addict.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sargentodiaz View Post
    There have been numerous times when my wife and I were offered pain medications that could possibly become addictive. We simply refused to take them.

    Don't dope up and you won't become an addict.
    My doctor will not prescribe them and a main reason he is my doctor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickt View Post
    A. Calling addiction a disease does nothing except allow addicts to avoid responsibility. I dealt with a lot of drunks who assured me that they had no responsibility for what they were doing. "It's genetic. It's a disease. It's not my fault. What can I do?"
    It is a disease.
    disease

    [dih-zeez]

    noun
    • a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; illness; sickness; ailment.



    ~Disease | Define Disease at Dictionary.com
    It is in the brain. And no, it does not remove the responsibility from the addict, anymore than a diabetic is removed from the responsibility of taking their insulin, and staying away from sugary substances to keep them alive and healthy.

    Addicts have to take a specific substance to flare their disease, and do not have a medication to control it. Just like before diabetes was discovered.
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