My father is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. He says that he, even after almost ten years of being clean, still gets the urge to go out and snort, shoot up, pop some pills, get drunk. It’s not a matter of weakness, so to speak, but the fact that once a drug addict, always a drug addict, physically and mentally. That’s why once you start going to NA or AA, you’re not supposed to stop.
I’ve seen him, at a very young age, mind you, go through withdrawals for many different kinds of drugs (we were lucky in that he wouldn’t sell our shit to get his fix, so there were times when he’d run out and go through the DTs in our living room). Heroin was the worst, we actually called the ambulance for that, but methadone wasn’t much better (it is, after all, pretty much synthetic heroin).
Unfortunately, my dad has chronic pain throughout his body and is on a long-term hydrocodone (the active ingredient in Vicodin) therapy, which means he has something other than cigarettes to be addicted to. Even more unfortunately, he has to have high dosages of it to even affect his pain because of all of his years of drug abuse. And the clincher: he gets bitchy if he’s run out of his pain meds cuz he’s going through the beginning stages of the DT’s, and if he’s actually on the Vikes, well, he turns into a jerk in general. sigh Oh, yeah, morphine withdrawal was ugly, too.
The point I’m making is, I’ve dealt with a lot of drug addicts; part of my fathers program was helping other people get clean, so a lot of people have crashed on our couch, and I volunteered a lot at the local Alano club. And while I can safely say that a lot of addiction is mental, quite a bit of it is physical, except for marijuana, which has been proven to be non physically addictive, but the worst kind of mentally addictive. So while a pill could help you get clean, it ain’t gonna help you stay clean.