Medications in the treatment of Addiction-to-Alcohol are not new, but, there are new medications.
Along with the new meds, perhaps we'll see recognition of addiction as a chronic, relapsing disease which builds as the user consumes alcohol over time.
The addicted person’s brain actually changes. This affects their physical, mental, behavioral, and psycho-social interactions and results.
With this new understanding, maybe, we are ready for a truly holistic approach to addiction-to-alcohol, including alcohol rehab, drug rehab, and addiction treatment.
Until this new hope becomes a reality, we’ll need to continue the sloughing it out in the day-to-day trenches of life.
What begins as a “choice” on our part turns into a compulsion with addiction. This addicted, compulsive behavior over-rules our personal and social values, even physical health and life.
Addiction-to-Alcohol, drug abuse, and other substance abuse results in brain disease which presents itself as compulsive behavior, focused on the substance or subject of addiction choice.
Few can return to occasional use after becoming full blown addicts.
Addicted brain changes are common to all chemical addictions, even over-eating, food addiction. The brain’s focus seems locked-on, like a target seeking missile. Obsessed with the target substance or behavior.
And it ain’t easy to change course , there is often relapse. In fact, simple social clues developed during the addiction process can put the person back on the relapse road.
Just as all of us get “turned-on” by environmental cues, the addicted are set in motion by cue-induced cravings. And this can be true even if the ”recovered” have been abstinent, sober, or drug free for long periods.
The Catholics have a saying, “Avoid the near occasions of sin.”
Well, sin isn’t really the issue here, but avoiding the near occasions of relapse are. Old buddies and hang-outs can send you back to the hell of addiction.
Addiction-to-Alcoholis difficult to stop on your own. Biomedical treatment may be required for stabilization. Then psycho-social, emotional, economic, and spiritual modalities can be brought to bear.
Individual personal responsibility is undiminished. Biology is not destiny. You are still a human being. And you must meet your entire human needs. We do not live by just bread, or addiction alone.
You are probably well aware of how destructive the brain disease of alcoholism can be. That is, whether we call it drinking, binging, booze problem, substance abuse or just boozing.
It can affect our body, mind, emotions, and soul. Not to mention all we touch. It may not be cured, but it can be treated and arrested.
Many relapse, some a number of times before grasping the sober life and wanting abstinence and sobriety for peace and serenity in the rest of their life.
Addiction-to-Alcohol means loss of freedom of choice. It robs you of selection and often dictates how often, the quantity, and the nature of future use.
Addiction-to-Alcohol is a physical brain/mind disease that produces long-term physical, emotional, and social damage.
In addition, many have a susceptibility to developing an addiction-to-alcohol.
The first drink may be a choice, but, the next ones may not be. That is not freedom.
Addiction-to-alcohol like many physical diseases is affected by and affects all areas of your life. Brain chemistry in your addicted brain/mind is different from that of a non-addicted person.
We may begin to use alcohol or drugs to feel good, because others do, makes us a part, or because of the pressure of social reasons. But then you become addicted for physical reasons.
Through continued use our dependence becomes psycho-social as well as physical. All our life’s areas are affected.
So, when we enter Addiction Treatment, Alcohol Rehab, or Drug Rehabilitation, we need to have all areas of our lives addressed for our addictions recovery to be fully effective. We will have a better chance for successful sobriety and recovery.
Recovery from substance addictive behavior disease starts with accepting the fact that you can not safely use alcohol or mood altering drugs. Abstinence obviously blocks substance abuse. Period.
Sobriety leads to and protects your serenity and peace as well.
Personal spirituality can be very helpful after medical stabilization, in the case of prayer and meditation, think of the sobriety prayer, recovery and your own personal affirmations. See our Prayer Screen for some useful suggestions and links.
More info about the effects of Addiction at Super-Selfhelp.com
You should also know that there is not universal support for the disease concept of Addiction-To-Alcohol. However, there is little doubt that the effects are felt in all aspects of your life.
Addiction, and the obsessive and compulsive behaviors associated are involved in many areas of our lives, from food and drink, to sex and work. We call any number of activities addiction.
These cravings, drives, compulsions, or addictions, and the involved behaviors and states, often produce excitement, emotional release, or mood alteration. They are also often followed by long term pain or discomfort.
Given these emotional gratifications, and our denial regarding obsessive compliance, intervention of course, often requires confrontation. Take a personal look at your responsibility in the process of intervening in addiction.
Addictive diseases, such as Alcoholism, and Alcohol Abuse shortens the average participants lifespan by an estimated 11 years.
Addiction-To-Alcohol... Yes, but now, the Good news.
After medical stabilization, if needed, Personal Recovery Tools work to eliminate core emotional and addiction cravings by replacing and displacing them with natural, positive, more satisfying life alternatives.
This can mean developing non-chemical coping mechanisms, changing personal internal identity self concepts, and developing new approaches to life and living.
Recovery involves more than just reversing the damage Addiction has caused.
Successful recovery needs not only to repair the past, but also to develop entirely new coping knowledge, skills, and the development of a new self concept with different positive approaches to life and daily living.
This recovery process may take 6 to 18 months to get set.
This means that during this time: We must come to a new relationship with ourselves.