Does anyone else get annoyed when a former addict or alcoholic tries to play off their time as an addict/alcoholic as somehow better "life experience"?
There seem to be arrogant people with entitlement complexes in all facets of life; I don't believe it's exclusive to military/substance dependence. It's most likely attributable to certain personality types; environment + genes may make those ppl
It's not that I don't care - I do think it is an important life experience
Ex-addicts talk about their experiences to maybe help someone else and reinforce their own sobriety.
They are probably trying to help you even if you even if you don't need it or want it.
It's not arrogance it's part of the healing process.
My thoughts exactly.
This normally isn't the context for my one particular friend. Telling a story of regret and hardship and overcoming is one thing; he essentially brags about it and acts fairly condescending.
Why do I hang out with this guy?
I have a friend who regularly acts as if his time as an addict somehow entitled him to special treatment and special consideration of his opinions, as if terrible life choices somehow have him an insight into every topic. It's just damn annoying.
Think of speaking with a former or current military person. Some of them have that attitude that they think entitled them to the last word or capitulation on every point because they are/were a soldier. It's that same behavior.
Sounds like he's probably be this way even if he didn't have the addiction to blame?
He'd, damn it!
Not sure what you mean??