I've never been addicted to anything, so this might sound like a silly question. When you are, for example, alcoholic and after many years of drinking, you decide it's time to quit, is it like controlling your "need for alcohol" or are you actually able to "throw it out of your life" completely? The reason I'm asking this, is because you often hear people saying that they have been sober for XX years. It always sounds to me like they still have the addiction inside them, but they are strong enough mentally to overcome their envy. After a few years, do you feel like it was another person back then because you don't think about it anymore or is it a daily task to keep yourself on the right track? I know my grandpa was a huge smoker, 2-3 packs a day, and he quit smoking a long time ago. But I remember him saying that everytime he smells a cigarette, he thinks it smells so good, but he has to resist. It's hard to write it down the way it's in my mind, I hope you will understand what I'm trying to say.