Alcohol-Abuse can swirl anyone into the depths of addictive despair. But abstinence and sobriety can free you.
Alcohol-Abuse doesn't have to be a permanent lifestyle. You have a choice.
Alcohol-Abuse: Taking a drug for the first time is your choice; taking it thereafter may not be.
Yet, abstinence and sobriety can start your recovery. Of course, recovery from alcohol-abuse or addictions is never easy.
And detox is not treatment. Treatment takes time.
Success in addiction treatment, is time in treatment.
Relapse is not a sign that treatment doesn’t work. And it doesn’t mean an addict won’t be successful eventually. Relapse just means that the addict needs to do something else. That’s why a Relapse Agreement helps.
To gain a usable recovery perspective, let us take a hard look at the relationship between Alcohol-Abuse and Alcoholism.
We know Alcoholism is an addiction and as such is a chronic disease.
Alcohol-Abuse may come in like a lamb, but often has to go out like a lion. It sneaks up on a lot of us.
Millions, over 60% of us in the U.S., drank alcohol last year. Yet, only 20,000 died in alcohol-abuse induced deaths, excluding accidents and homicides. Some 17,000 from alcoholic liver disease.
Accidents and homicides are a much larger group.
My state, Alaska, leads the nation in alcohol and drug abuse. It is a way of life. We even have our own forms of white lightning.
So is alcohol-abuse different from alcoholism?
Not much really.
Alcoholism often begins as alcohol-abuse, because when using, you can abuse a substance without it being full blown addiction. Just a binge event.
Consider for example, exposure or modeling behavior: Alcoholism is four to five times more common among children whose parents are alcoholic. If this is you or yours, you are at great risk.
Of course, there is the genetic consideration, also. It only adds more concern.
So when do you seek help or treatment related to your drinking?
Well, the major deciding point is loss of control in your need to use the substance. How will you know?
It is a fact that 40% of all inpatient hospital stays are related directly or indirectly to addictions. It is almost 20% of Medicaid hospital expense. And nearly 25% of every Medicare dollar is spent on care related to substance abuse including alcohol-abuse.
Alcoholism is the number one preventable cause of mental retardation.
We, individuals and government, spend over a million dollars for each child born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome over his or her lifetime. It is a full 10% of Alcohol Health Care costs.
That’s why Personal Recovery Tools’ addictive behavior material is focused on self help for a wide range of people.
We address alcohol, drugs, other substance abuse, and personal behavior which generates addictive thinking and actions, such as sex, porn, food, obesity, codependency, gambling, work, and collecting.
Is help available? Yes.
Specifically, research has found that the alcoholism medication available for use, works best with behavioral therapy. NIAAA is working to determine which behavioral therapies work best with which medications.
The therapeutic focus now is on what you, yourself, can do to improve your chances of recovery.
Nearly a hundred thousand people die each year in the U.S. from Alcohol Addictions and related issues. Best estimates are that about thirteen million of us abuse alcohol with many sliding into alcoholism.
So. Is getting sober enough?
No. Not hardly. It is simply essential and a great start. Since the first year of recovery is usually the hardest, we focus on “still sober.”
Addictions treatment and recovery is not an event, a moment in time. It is a process.
One background factor you should be aware of is that a competent study revealed more than 90% of Alcoholism Treatment programs surveyed were based on the Twelve Step approach.
Why does the 12 step approach work? For three major reasons. One, it is a well thought out process. Two, you need to buy into it. Three, you need to follow it through.Then it will work for you.
However, the American Journal of Public Health revealed that three quarters of those who recovered from alcohol problems had done so on their own.
Some say, “over half of alcoholics get sober without any help.”
Put your personal power to work.
Imagine yourself having already achieved your recovery and enjoying your sobriety. What are you seeing? Hearing? Doing? Etc.? Get the idea?
Alcohol-Abuse research suggests those who quit independently tended not to have severe alcohol problems. But these are most of the alcohol problems. It is possible to do something on your own.
Knowledgeable help is useful. Self-Help is useful in dealing with the cravings, urges, and impulses of substance abuse. Self Help groups can provide support. Having options works. Alcohol-Abuse, it is your choice. The ADLs of Addiction Recovery.