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Can Watching Others Doing Drugs Make a Recovering Addict Stumble?

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by Rainman, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. Cheeky_Chick

    Cheeky_Chick Community Champion

    From a personal perspective, I know that I can't be around other people when they're using drugs, because it means that I remember what it was like to use them, and I know that I will eventually have a relapse myself. So yes, I will always avoid situations where there are likely to be people using drugs, because I know that those types of situations just aren't good for me in the slightest.
  2. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    A lot also depends on at what stage of recovery the person is at aswell though, and while in the beginning it will be wise not to put yourself in that situation, the further down the road you go, the easier you'll find you'll be able to handle it if it ever does happen.
  3. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Its a good question. You have a valid point. The only other thing that I see is that in doing so one can build will power. A person who does not have a drug addiction can watch and stay away from it. Say no. The addict has a problem and regardless of having it in their face or not they may come up against folding several times or more. So I say its a good idea. If they fold here and there, its not the best thing. But more than likely they would do it any way unless their addiction was detoxified properly and without more drugs. So I say go ahead and be around it to build up tolerance or will power.
    I never got the alcoholic that would sit in a bar and have an O'douls non-alcoholic beer, but now it is starting to make sense. They desire the human interaction and the bottle. The beer bottle with that taste. Someone that has been drinking for many years has such a high tolerance anyway a couple of non-alcoholic beers would effect them exactly the same way a couple of actual beers would. They would do nothing. So why not? Smokers yes they miss the actual nicotine effect but the motion of the cigarette and berating in play into that addiction. Maybe they should make some pseudo drugs for people who are addicted. What would they call them? Non-drug addict drugs? Non-alcoholic, who came up with that?
  4. ellyjude

    ellyjude Active Contributor

    @kgord, well spoken brother. There are also some other examples like when a person watches porn then he/she might be influenced and try it out. I think this is the best example to illustrate the thread sentence.