Positive addiction outcome?

Have you or anyone you known been an addict and recovered?

It seems like it is hard to hope for if someone you loves is an addict that they will eventually recover. They get so caught up in their addiction and they don't even realize it most of the time until it gets to the point where it interferes with their life.

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    06/28/14
    My Dad is a recovering addict...it has been a long hard road for him. Also when I was a youth pastor I dealt with a lot of kids who were going through the same thing I had. It's rough. My Dad has struggled his whole life and the one thing I learned and taught the kids in my youth group is that addiction is one if the most selfish behaviors there is (and it IS a behavior and NOT a sickness). It is solely and completely about the addict...they do it to make themselves feel better or not feel at all. And the only way they can change the behavior is through purely selfish motives. They cannot do it for you, or God, or a job, or love...they must break the addictive behavior for their own purely selfish reasons, normally because they no longer like how it makes them feel. Once I realized that it helped take the guilt and shame I had away. I always thought I should have helped more or done SOMETHING...but it was about him and not about me.
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      06/28/14
      Bre
      Yes. I have known Meth addicts, alcoholics, pill poppers, coke heads, etc.. you name it iv seen it. Some have recovered, some tried but didn't succeed. I try to give them positive attention and let them know they can do anything they put their mind to. Most of them are afraid of with drawls and some are afraid of actual sobriety. Its bumpy road once you get on it.
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        06/28/14
        4Tiffani
        Yes I do know a couple of recovered addicts and they are doing well for themselves. And you are right about some they are out there and those are the oned that need help being pushed to do it cause they have lost all personal control.
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          06/29/14
          I have some one and they have been clean for23 years and I am very proud of them
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