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Can you trust a recovered drug addict? Show more Show less
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Drug addicts are known to be pathological liars. They will say anything to get more drugs or get out of trouble. However, people who experience addiction are often radically different people once they’re sober. So can you trust a former addict? Do you discount their past and let them start fresh, or do you make them earn back your trust? At what point can you actually trust the former drug addict? These questions are important because of the sheer number of addicts we have in America today.

No, you cannot trust a recovered drug addict Show more Show less

Drug addicts will say anything to get more drugs. Even when those drugs go away, the behaviors they exhibited in addiction remain – like lying.
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Recovered drug addicts are always at risk of relapsing

Even after a drug addict has recovered, the capacity for addiction does not leave them. No matter how long someone has been recovered from their addiction, the possibility of relapse exists.

The Argument

Recovered drug addicts can never fully be trusted because even after a drug addict has recovered, the capacity for addiction does not leave them. No matter how long someone has been recovered from their addiction, the possibility of relapse exists. Between 40% and 60% of recovered addicts eventually relapse, and if relapse occurs, then addicts will quickly resort to deception in order to feed their habit. [1] Whether it is due to embarrassment, wanting to hide the addiction, or a desire to acquire money for drugs, addicts inevitably resort to lying. Even if addicts actually want to kick the addiction, their minds are twisted by the addiction in a way that causes them to distrust others, and that, in turn, makes them act deceptively toward others.[2] Just as practicing any skill will cause improvements, once a drug addict begins lying, they get better and better at it. Lying creates more and more complex defense mechanisms which make it easier to continue lying. [3]

Counter arguments

Since only 40% to 60% of recovered drug addicts relapse, it doesn't make sense to treat all recovered drug addicts as untrustworthy. That would unjustly condemn about half of the population recovered drug addicts who are potentially trustworthy. Additionally, treating recovered drug addicts as if they are untrustworthy will likely encourage some of them to relapse due to their isolation and the negative emotions directed at them.

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References

  1. https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/addiction-statistics
  2. https://www.addictioncenter.com/community/difficulty-trusting-yourself-others-recovery/
  3. https://www.paracelsus-recovery.com/blog/you-cant-trust-an-addict/
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