No, once an addict, always an addict. But, they can conquer their addiction. My husband is an alcoholic, but hasn't drank in years. My son is a drug and alcohol addict and is in inhouse treatment along with going to AA and NA...I believe he can beat this addiction. But, he will always consider himself an addict. It will definitely be a constant struggle, but with the help of AA, NA and counseling...he can beat this addiction.