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When substance abuse is involved, inhibitions are lowered, making it difficult to decipher right from wrong and causing people to say and do things they would not ordinarily do.
An overt act is an immoral act committed against the moral code of society, race, or specific group of people.

Those who have a drug or alcohol problem are not inherently bad people; they simply are under the influences of substances which take control of their lives, thus making it easier for them to commit overt acts without considering the harm they will cause.

When an addict runs out of money for their drug of choice, stealing may seem like an appealing and easy solution. It would not matter if they were stealing from a loved one or an employer, so long as they were able to support their habit, regardless of the injury caused to the individual they are stealing from. When questioned about the disappearance of the money, an addict may commit another overt act by withholding their honesty about the situation in order to self-preserve and avoid consequences.

If an addict is caught, they may try to justify the overt act, by explaining how they needed the money for a more viable cause other than drugs. In some cases, depending on how severe the addiction is, an addict may confess to taking the money for the use of buying drugs, but still try to justify the overt act by explaining how they need the drugs in order to stay well. In this sense, addiction is an illness, and the multiple overt acts that an addict commits in order to maintain their addiction are symptoms of the illness and side effects of the substances.

Once the evil that they are implementing into the world catches up to them, and they can no longer use justification to evade the consequences of their overt acts, there is one step an addict needs to take: recovery. To begin recovery from substance abuse, entering a treatment facility for detoxification and counseling is an imperative way to begin a recovery journey that will last far longer than the stay at the treatment facility. If recovery does not begin, an addict will continue to commit overt acts as a result of an ever progressing addiction. Those addicted to drugs and alcohol are not evil people, they simply need to be guided to the right path to make a full recovery and go back to living with honesty and integrity.

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