Quoting 624582:" I see what you are saying, but do you no longer consider yourself an addict? Or just an addict who is ... [snip!] ... enjoy it and you have struggled with pills in the past. I am just curious, I'm not trying to cut you down or come off rude."
You didn't come off rude to me in the slightest. I will be more than happy to answer your questions.
To be honest, I think of myself as more an "ex" addict. Mainly because I don't have to have them anymore, and I can control myself when I do take them. When I was over indulging in them, it would take me about 4-5 (Depending on the dosage) to catch a buzz, and you bet I would take that many.
I don't crave the buzz, or go running to my Rx's every time I have a little bit of pain that isn't really bothersome anymore. I don't feel like I have a disease and can't be trusted around someone's prescription. (Actually I was never that bad, but it didn't stop people from questioning it).
So to answer your question, I would like to say I got lucky. I developed a habit which turned quickly into an addiction. (Pretty much, my first pill, I was hooked). I saw the person I had become, and decided from there, no more. Never turned back to it. Not for a high anyways.
An ex addict? Yes. A recovering addict? No. I recovered a long time ago and since then have moved on with my life.