Are Addicts Loyal to each other?

Are people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol loyal to one another?

I was thinking about this question while on my morning walk this morning. I consider my self an addict. I have been addicted to alcohol for 35 years. So I’m a alcoholic and a addict. I’m writing this post with 9 months sobriety under my belt. I’ve been drinking since I was 20 years old. During the last 40 years of my life I’ve been on a 5 years sobriety stretch only once. One beer on my birthday ended that reality pretty quickly.

My answer to this question is yes, no, and sometimes. The reason I have three answers to one question is because addicts are very unpredictable. Just like the rest of the human population. Yes we can be loyal under certain circumstances. If someone has a friend or love one that they drink or drug together of course they’re going to be loyal to each other, especially while they are sharing the same interest together.

Then there are times when we are not loyal at all. I’ve experience that when a friend and I got into a disagreement over our drinking habit. Let’s just say that you are on a mission to go get your next fix and a stranger offers to get you high or drunk, but under one circumstance, and that is for just us two to hang out together. Well if you want to get high or drunk bad enough then guess what? That loyalty to your friend or love one is going right out the window.

And the reason I say sometimes is because that’s when the unpredictable scenario comes into play. And a lot of that is based on mood swings and behavior, especially when one is waking up with a hang over or what have you. If you’ve been an addict long enough then you should know what I’m talking about.

With that said my only wish is that we continue to be loyal to each other while going through this thing called sobriety. I’ve started this FB group called Staying Sober and I can just feel the loyalty coming from all these different people from all walks of life. I’m enjoying it and have no intension to ever going back to my old habits.

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me.