One of the more common questions around recovery goes something like,”I’m addicted to heroin, not alcohol, so why can’t I have a drink? What’s this cross addiction I’ve heard about?” That’s really not an unreasonable question. Why do men and women suffering from the disease of addiction aka substance use disorder who don’t seem to have problems with alcohol need to stay away from it anyway? Why can’t a prescription drug or heroin addict have a few drinks? Or can they? What is cross addiction? There are really two reasons that medical professionals advice against drinking alcohol, even if this was not an individual’s drug of choice.
Two Reasons Drug Addicts Are Advised Against Drinking Alcohol (Cross Addiction)
* Alcohol reduces an individual’s inhibitions and increases the likelihood that he or she will make bad choices
* Cross Addiction – Just as they say in the rooms, “A drug is a drug …