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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.

Sometimes you can trust a recovered drug addict, it depends. Show more Show less

Lumping all recovered drug addicts together leads to faulty generalizations. Some of them can be trusted and some can’t. It’s not fair to write them all off as liars, and so it’s up to individuals to judge the trustworthiness of each, individual recovered addict they encounter.
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Trust can actually be part of the recovery process

Drug addicts are people, and all people are different. In order for an addict to have the best chance at recovery, it is often essential that their friends and family members trust them.
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The Argument

Drug addicts are constantly facing the stigma that they cannot be trusted, but this stigma can actually reinforce untrustworthy behavior in them. It can be a difficult path to navigate, but in order to help an addict that wants to change, often the first step must be to trust them. When someone is addicted to drugs, they are not necessarily unable to control themselves all of the time. It is crucial that they feel loved by those who are close to them, and those who are close to them can display their love by showing that they trust them despite their addiction. While it is unrealistic to be completely trusting of a drug addict in all situations, trusting them when it makes sense to do so can go a long way toward helping them recover by making them feel encouraged. [1] This tactic of showing trust toward drug addicts must be used with discretion; not all drug addicts can be trusted often, and some should not be trusted at all. It is important not to paint drug addicts with a broad brush, though, because every individual is different, and some addicts need to feel that they are worth trusting in order to find the strength to recover.

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Drug addicts tend to be willing to go to extreme lengths to support their addiction. Trusting someone in that circumstance and especially letting them know that they will be trusted despite their addiction will likely let them know that they are in a situation that can be taken advantage of. Even if a drug addict appears to be trustworthy, they may simply be lying. A level of distrust will actually improve the situation since trusting them will allow them the opportunity to manipulate the situation in order to support their addiction.

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  1. https://motivationandchange.com/drug-addicts-simple-cant-be-trusted/

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