Quoting HopingforaMiracle:" Personally I consider a "sober" life one that you don't do drugs or drink alcohol. Even if once a year. Does this mean she's still an alcoholic? No. She's someone who will drink tonight."
But, I thought once you were an alcoholic or drug addict you will always be? This isn't me being snarky or attempting to make a low blow at addicts, I am just curious. I am not an alcoholic so drinking a few glasses of wine tonight isn't going to be a big deal for me, I rarely drink and have never had an issue with drinking. But, I am addicted to cigarettes/nicotine. I have quit before, but picked back up and I currently smoking a cigarette. When I quit smoking it was hard for me to be around those who smoke because of the temptation and when I would become stressed it was a struggle not to go to the store to pick up a pack because I knew the "relief" I would get from a few hits. Is that not the same with drinking/alcoholism? While one can be a recovering addict and live a sober life, which IMO is never touching it again, can they still claim that they are no longer an addict. Like I said, I am not very educated in addiction nor am I certain that this is the best outlook.