The addict, regardless of drug of choice, is a chameleon.
Ask the addict for a self-explanation (life story), and the story goes through a kaleidoscope of changes depending on who’s listening.
Autobiographical accounts contain retrospective explanations and justifications that may have little to do with the person-drug relationship. The addict described by family members will never be the person described by others. Probation officers describe the addict from behind the criminality of the addict’s life. Clergy will describe the addict from spiritual emptiness aspect. Anthropologists will describe the addict as being ‘naturalistic for that habitat’
Each view point exposes a different colour offered by and/or taken on by the addict