when i went to treatment for a prescription drug addiction, my group included 3 nurses, an attorney, a business owner, and a priest. my sponsors have been a college professor, a doctor, and a district court judge.
i have already been through that hell, and i know d**mn well that nothing in the world will make me go back. if the price of sobriety is learning some humility and asking for help when i need it, so be it.
everyone who thinks, 'oh that could never happen to me, youre just weak' -- good luck to you, and i hope youre right
Actually, it is weakness. A way of rationalizing one's own failures. We're all highly intelligent on this board (at worst, average); we all knew before any drug use that we have, or haven't done what were the potential consequences of our actions. Only by naivity and youthful arrogance would one dismiss the possiblity of addiction.
Responsiblity is not just something that is accomplished reactively. It is possible to go into a potentially stressful environment and submit oneself to stimuli that are conducive to drug use and not become an addict. Conversely, it is irresponsible to rationalize drug use away by blaming it on the perceived "cause" of the addiction.
The only real cause of addiction is weakness.