An addict is a person who suffers from the disease of addiction. This disease is an obsessive and compulsive condition where the person engages in destructive patterns of using a substance or behaviour to avoid feelings and escape. A drug addict is someone who compulsively craves drugs, seeks drugs and continues to use drugs in spite of the serious negative consequences. They may be physically, emotionally or psychologically addicted to the drug. Alcohol is an immensely powerful drug and when referring to drugs and addiction I see the terms – addict & alcoholic as interchangeable. The disease of addiction renders the sufferer powerless over their addiction.

An addict is not someone with a lack of willpower who should simply cease their addictive behaviours, as this is not possible for an addict. An addict will get their fix at any cost and it is usually of great cost to them and their families. The disease of addiction has no cure and can be fatal if not arrested. A 12-Step programme worked in conjunction with in-patient treatment at an addiction treatment clinic is a successful method of arresting and managing the disease, allowing the addict to continue with their life and become a functioning member of society.

Being an addict is a term used in the addiction recovery community to describe someone who is dependent on a substance or behavior. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, it’s important to understand what being an addict means and how it relates to addiction treatment.

The term “addict” has been used for centuries to refer to individuals who have an uncontrollable craving for a substance or engage in addictive behaviors. Historically, addiction was often stigmatised and seen as a moral failing rather than a medical condition. However, in recent years, the understanding of addiction as a chronic brain disease has gained acceptance.

Addiction is characterised by compulsive substance use or behaviour despite negative consequences. For example, if you’re addicted to drugs, you may continue using them even if it has a detrimental impact on your health, relationships or job. Similarly, if you’re addicted to gambling, you may continue to gamble even if it leads to financial ruin.

Rehabs and addiction treatment programs are designed to help individuals overcome their addiction and find recovery. These programs provide various therapies, counselling and support to address the physical, psychological and social aspects of addiction. By addressing the underlying issues contributing to addiction, individuals can learn healthy coping mechanisms and develop strategies to prevent relapse.

It’s important to note that being called an addict doesn’t define who you are as a person. Addiction is a treatable condition and recovery is possible with the right support. Many people who have struggled with addiction have gone on to lead fulfilling, sober lives.

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    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specialising in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance our organisation facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualised care that addresses the physical, mental and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

    Inpatient Rehab

    Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

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    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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