Achieving an Alcoholic Recovery

By: Brian Diggins

Alcoholics are sick both in mind and in body…and successful alcohol treatment must heal them on both fronts. As insane as alcoholics can be when in the grips of the disease of alcoholism, the alcoholic may really believe they can still have that first drink the next morning, hoping to yield a different result, maybe they believe they can stop after the first drink or two, maybe they believe they can continue drinking "normally" and not to excess that eventually leads to a blackout. Denial is a major obstacle to alcoholic recovery.

Two organic brain disorders, alcoholic dementia, characterized by general loss of intellectual abilities, and Wernicke-Korsakoff's syndrome, characterized by such symptoms as loss of physical coordination, incoherence, and mental confusion, are frequently seen in alcoholics. Hopefully, by focusing on the genetic and environmental determinants of alcoholism, an individual will be better able to take this alcohol addiction information and use it to avoid the unhealthy and destructive realities of alcohol dependence. Sometimes the gains may seem very small, but with time and effort, the recovering person will be a more responsible adult even if he has other problems such as mental illness in addition to the addiction.

When the alcoholic/drug addict becomes trapped in obsessive, compulsive, self-centered routines and endless loops that lead nowhere but to physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional decay, their life and behavior is out of control. A friend who is recovering alcoholic may be particularly persuasive, but any person who is caring and nonjudgmental may help.

Achieving an alcoholic recovery is made easier when there are people to support you. The best way to do this is by joining an Alcohol Support Group. There are many paths to alcoholic recovery, but they all lead to the same place: sobriety. Even the most effective alcohol detox treatment in the world can only be a conduit for alcoholic recovery. On the road to alcohol detox and alcoholic recovery, no one can ever take the first step for you. What that means, of course, is that the alcohol treatment patients who stay sober are the alcohol treatment patients who actively choose not to drink…and that real alcoholic recovery can only be effected by alcohol treatment programs that help patients develop the skills and self-esteem necessary to sustain sobriety over the long haul.

Yet another aspect of alcoholism has to do with social and family influence. Sobriety can be a 'happy joyous and free' experience when you add 'WE' into the equation. At the same time, you will naturally re-evaluate all of your relationships through your newly earned lens of sobriety; your relationship with your spouse, your family, your friends, your career, your God. Your mental and physical health will be improving dramatically.

Recovery is more than just abstaining from drinking or drugging. Recovery makes it less likely that we will cause such conditions in our own lives. So in short, we learn how quit, stay sober and feel GOOD In Recovery. Finding the right alcohol support group is the key to maintaining long term sobriety and becoming happy and successful in life. You should consider joining a group that will help to empower you to employ the tools you have developed to improve all areas of your life physically, emotionally, in your relationships, your employment and your financial stability.

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Brian Diggins is the Director of Recovery Resources for Alcoholic Ape llc. He has over twenty five years in the field of Addiction, Substance Abuse and Recovery. You can read more from Brian by visiting

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