Our expert says:
I notice that you refer to your husband as a recovered alcoholic. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a recovered alcoholic or addict.
RECOVERING alcoholic yes. The process of recovery is an ongoing process; addiction can only be arrested and never cured.
One drink will put your husband back into that endless cycle of wanting more and more...where one drink is too many and a thousand not enough.
And this is exactly what is happening with these so-called energy drinks. He wants more...that is why they refer to addiction as 'the disease of more'.
These energy drinks are stimulants and they produce a certain effect or a type of high. Your husband is chasing that high and he is indulging his addictive side.
I have been in AA and NA for nearly a decade and I have seen many addicts and alcoholics experiment with these 'innocent' energy drinks.
This sort of ‘innocent’ indulgence is frequently the beginning of denial creeping back. These energy drinks have often helped as the lubricant to the other side, the side where the F-You switch is flipped and the addict or alcoholic relapses.
If your husband took this seriously, HE would have been the one writing in to this forum. If he constantly feels tired, he should see his doctor, not use shortcuts (typical addict behaviour) to quickly access artificial energy.
I can imagine how hideous he must feel when he comes off these merry little useless highs. He must stop these drinks, they spell danger.
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