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Can addiction be cured completely?

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Asked: 2018-11-19 18:41:24
Why are people still called alcoholics and after treatment and recovery has been completed? Don't you ever get to a point where you can put this behind you and move on without the stigma?


Answered: 2018-11-20 07:44:29

I wouldn't say "cured" completely. Like most chronic illness, addiction can be sent into a kind of remission through recovery. However, there is still often a threat of relapse. The mentality behind addictive behaviors is still an issue at times. It's important to understand the nature of addiction and it's long-lasting effects in order to look to the future and move forward.


Answered: 2018-11-27 23:12:48

Addiction wreaks havoc in the brain and while treatment and recovery help to reverse much of the damage done, it can't reverse all of it, especially if the addiction was severe and lasted a long time. I think it's better to always be actively maintaining sobriety because you never know when that damaged part of the brain will make an appearance! Good luck Nicole.


Answered: 2018-12-06 20:32:47

No, but being in "remission" from addiction is possible, such as being in remission from cancer. There is always a possibility that the disease will come back but there are measures that can be taken to prevent it.

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