Alcoholism Recovery begins with Abstinence and Sobriety
Abstinence and Sobriety Can Be Yours.
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Your alcoholism addiction can be treated with the tools of abstinence, sobriety, and spirituality. Prayer and meditation enhance your spirituality for sobriety and serenity.
We can get started by understanding what we know about our addiction.
The first thing we know is that addictions are chronic conditions, often progressive and fatal. Each year more than 100,000 Americans die of alcohol related causes. And it is involved in half the traffic fatalities.
Being a chronic condition means that it is not unusual for several courses of treatment to be required before an addict achieves the final stage of addiction recovery.
On a personal level, an addiction is a preoccupation with a consuming need to drink alcohol and usually with dependence, that is the inability to stop drinking or to limit consumption, at any time.
The drinker may have withdrawal symptoms when drinking stops. This can be pronounced after heavy drinking.
DTs, or delirium tremens is a possibility in some who have recently stopped drinking. Here is some useful information about it.
Often an added problem with any addiction is the need to consume more of the substance in order to reach our desired state of intoxication, that is in order to feel, achieve, the desired or “needed” high.
In some ways, a clear understanding of our personal addiction can be hard to come by. Yet, most of us have a pretty good idea of what we mean when we say, “He has a drinking problem.”
This observation carries with it a number of related factors.
For example, social consequences, physical conditions and behaviors, economic implications, and personal-observer responses.
We’ll cover in later screens Addiction to and Alcohol Abuse. They are related, but have different characteristics and associated behaviors.
Addiction usually means that using a little “willpower” to stop is not really a viable option for most alcoholics.
An alcoholic’s craving is like the need for life itself. Yet many do recover on their own, without structured help.
Many of us however, require physical/medical stabilization before we can assume or take over our own personal recovery process.
The wise let stabilization happen, before they assume a self-help leadership role.
Of course, the choice to get help may not be an easy decision to make. Many times we need the intervention, support, and encouragement of family, friends, and/or professional helpers.
Sometimes developing your own personal addictions recovery tools is not easy, sometimes hard for the drinker to come by. But the search is more than worth it.
The payoff for seeing or realizing a possible drinking (alcoholism) problem as early as possible is huge.
Early intervention by self or others is really a tremendous recovery advantage. An early alert can be a chance for not only recovery, but a satisfying life.
One of the very best places to start any addictions recovery is your personal physician or family practitioner. There is almost an absolute need to “rule out” or take into consideration physical or other complicating medical conditions.
This may include the possibility of dual diagnosis. This is where alcoholism is treated conjointly while dealing with another major medical need. For example, depression or bi-polar disease.
Some times addiction is like dancing with a gorilla: you’re not done until the gorilla is.
When is enough, enough?
Here’s some ideas and answers from The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Know where your rehab and recovery is going. Don’t end up where your abstinence and sobriety can be compromised. Catholics have a saying, “Avoid the near occasions of sin.”
Pretty good advice. It should be a prayer. Avoid the backsliding temptations. Recovery isn’t over when the four week addictions treatment program finishes. You’ve got the rest of your life to live and to be sober.
Sometimes helping others, as sponsors do, is a way to save ourselves. You understand how tough recovery can be sometimes.
And another important fact is: Addiction can be treated, but probably not “cured.” We remain susceptible to relapse if alcohol is consumed. “Cutting down” for a full blown addiction won’t usually work. Although some do manage it.
Cutting out, abstinence, sobriety, offers a surer success at addictions recovery. That’s a tough fact.
Yes, some say we can learn to drink in moderation. And some people can run the 4 minute mile. The real question to ask yourself is, “Do I want to risk relapse to prove this point?
If the answer is yes. Try it. Many suffer one or more “slips” on the road to recovery and sobriety. It doesn’t mean failure.
It just means you have to immediately stop drinking and get whatever help you need for recovery now.
Many of us find a combination of helps and avenues of addiction treatment have enabled us to stay sober. We humans lead complex lives. Usually we need succor and sustenance from several sources.
Here an example of multiple resources. As you gain increased knowledge you’ll make better, more informed decisions about your condition and the resources available for your recovery.