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Alcoholism and Drug Addiction – The Same Beast

Alcoholism and Drug Addiction – The Same Beast


I recently wrote a blog about this topic on my site and received a lot of conflicting messages, some strongly agreed, some strongly disagreed. Though it seems to be a sensitive topic, I believe it is extremely important to talk about, so I will take the heat and write about it. These are my personal thoughts, my personal experience. Take it or leave it.

Alcoholism and drug addiction are the same beast.

You cannot filter out whether you are one or the other, giving yourself permission to indulge in one, if you strongly believe you are the other. You are a person, regardless of what chemical or drink you put into your body, who is at extraordinary risk of dependency. Period. If you believe otherwise, your addiction may be cleverly disarming you, leading you back down the path in which you fought to condemn. A door you believed you had bolted, sealed and cauterized shut. If you sustain one, you will more than likely awaken the other. I believe the only way to suppress this illness is complete and utter abstinence. No alcohol, drugs or prescription medications, specifically ones that contain opioids or benzodiazepines.

But I know the wrath of my addictions, do you know yours?

If you believe you are just a drug addict so you drink, you may be essentially lowering my reserve to say no to drugs. Same applies vice versa. You may be slowly chipping away at the the mortar on a wall you had built to shut the other out, slowly taking it down all by yourself brick by brick. I know because I did. After I gave birth to my son I told myself I was just a drug addict so why not drink, so I drank.  Moderation worked, briefly. Within three months I was back to abusing drugs as well as alcohol and I stood dumbfounded to see I was back in the same place I was pre-pregnancy. So now I was a mother, an alcoholic and drug addict. The truth of the matter is, I never wasn’t.

So I played with fire and guess what, I got burned.    

We have to live cautiously. We always have to be mindful of our addictions, our reactions and our decisions. We must always check up from the neck up because one momentary lapse of reason can send us down a path self destruction. Remember that we deal with alcohol, cunning, baffling and powerful.  Its subtle tongue has mastered the trickery of telling us that we do not need a meeting, or that we are just an alcoholic, or just drug addict, that this time will be different. All different lies and false conditions we have set up for ourselves like a mouse and a cheese trap. It is all a set up.

We have to be smarter than the enemy. Keep it close. Always remain one step ahead because should you take one step back, do not be surprised when your addiction takes two steps forward.

Kimberly K. is a recovery blogger from New Jersey, her blog can be found at MommysLittleMirror.com She can also be found on Facebook at Hospital For Your Soul.


  1. If you systamaticlly inject 100 people with dope over a period of time chances are they will all become addict,s, with Alcohol if you got one hundred people drunk over a period of time, only 10% would become addicted, to me the two are not the same the destruction remains the same however

    1. Hi! Thank you for your comments! I was trying to get the point across that if you are one of the two it would be wise to be in complete abstinence of both 😉 but that is my personal opinion.

  2. Drugs and alcohol are both tools to help people. that do not help but cover up whats wrong the difference is in the side affects and the damage created by them.
    There are other mental challenges that are different between them.

  3. I identify as an alcoholic but when I was in active addiction, I would use whatever was available to me at the time. When I drank, I would use drugs. When I used drugs, I drank. Early in recovery after I quit drinking, my desire to put something in the place of alcohol- such as sex, pills, shopping was intense (until I worked the steps). I personally believe an addict is an addict. Alcohol is a drug although some people don’t want to believe that. Thank you Kimberly 🙂


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