Adictive behavior & Sober 8 Years

by Anonymous

How do you stop behaving like an addict even though it's been years since I’ve used?

I isolate, need to control my environment, and other things -- I want to move on, but I still behave like an addict.


This is what AA calls being a ‘dry drunk’. What it means is that although you’re not using drugs or alcohol, your behavior seems that you are.

Also in AA language, you have to be both clean AND sober. Being clean addresses your drug of choice, and being sober addresses the alcoholic/addict's thinking.

AA has the 12-steps for that. Members must find a sponsor and work the steps. This should not be done only once. As your life changes, the steps should be repeated.

Counseling is another way to address these issues. To change your behavior, find a counselor who is familiar with addictive behavior, or go to meetings, find a sponsor and work the steps.

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