Unmanageability is one of the two hallmarks of addiction; the other is powerlessness over drugs that leads to unmanageability. Problems that emerge because of this powerlessness make life unmanageable for somebody who spends a lot of time, money and energy on drugs and drug related activities. So, there are problems that are interfering with your ability to live the way you originally wanted to live. In other words, it means that you have lost control of your life. There are accumulated problems in your life that you are not able to solve. Since these problems are caused by your addiction, you would not find any opportunity to solve them until you stop using drugs and alcohol. When alcohol or other mood altering drugs and toxins produced by them circulate in your blood, you are under their command and control. You are in no position to execute a remedial action.

Unmanageability renders them incapable of doing what they want to do. Even they can no longer predict what they are going to do next. This inaction is not just because of their psychological condition; it’s governed by a metabolic disorder. On any given day when a chemically dependent person begins to drink, brain chemistry starts changing; psychopathology emerges within a short span of time and judgment goes out the window. A bio-psycho-social craving is set up that result in loss of control and unmanageability results.