Wow A lots been talked about since my last post! Lol so yes josh and true (I’m going to continue to call you that till you give me your first name ) I definitely think we are very similar. Different substances sure but addiction is addiction. So I don’t think there are different categories of addiction but rather different stages. None of us started out as full blown addicts. My addiction didn’t begin as ugly as it ended. I heard in treatment that “addiction is like a pregnancy, the longer it goes on the more it shows”. And that precisely how I view addiction, we all know it’s a progressive disease. It grows and evolves. But once that switch flips there’s no going back. And that’s the tricky part of think, the line that we cross that we can’t come back from is different for everyone. I thinks that’s why it’s been difficult to distinguish between abuse and addiction. Anyway enough about that. I’m not sure if this advice was given to you yet @True concern but maybe offer to take your uncle to a meeting. And @Josh111187 see if you can get your hands on the AA big book (AA’s version of the basic text). AA’s been around since the 1930s soNA’s text was written based off of The big book. I have both books. Both are great but I love the history behind AA. It has more stories and background and I find all of that stuff so fascinating. Bill W and Dr Bob are pretty bad ass dudes who were SO ahead of their time.