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Alcohol Recovery Stories

Returning to community life after rehab frequently present challenges for people that are in the midst of their alcohol recovery stories.  That’s because, whether you live in the city or suburb, it can be extremely difficult to find a safe liquor free zone in or out of entertainment venues.  Staying sober is also more difficult if the recovering alcoholic shares their living environment with others who still drink or keep alcohol on hand for guests. And, even with the best intentions, friends and family can unknowingly sabotage their loved one’s recovery process.

In her alcohol recovery story titled “losing control” Geri compares her life as an alcoholic to a love affair that went badly awry.  In an almost poetic rendition of her struggle with alcohol, Geri said of her addiction to red wine… “you had me all twisted in this toxic love-hate relationship. It was almost impossible to get away from you.”  Similar to living in the shadow of a broken relationship where people, places and things can unwittingly resurrect both good and bad memories, these same variables can present relapse triggers that can derail even the strongest resolve to stay sober.   Relapsing after a period of abstinence has been shown to present the greatest risk to people in alcohol recovery.  Studies show there are steps the individual and the people in their lives can do to greatly minimize or even prevent relapse events such as:  

  1. Addressing any underlying mental disorder simultaneous with the addiction.
  2. Participating in a relapse prevention education and training programs.
  3. Making adequate transitional preparation from the protected rehab environment to home.
  4. Committing to and actively participating in an aftercare program designed to assist with sobriety maintenance.
  5. Putting in the appropriate time and effort to achieve recovery and being prepared to return to rehab at the onset of a relapse.  
  6. Avoiding all potential threats to sobriety such as not spending time with individuals and environments that are favorable to alcohol consumption.
  7. Establishing and maintaining one or more strong recovery support system.  

The American Medical Associate defines alcoholism as a chronic disease with environmental, genetic and psychosocial influences.  People suffering with alcohol use disorders can experience a range of issues such as getting into fights with others, injuries from falling while inebriated and being the cause of vehicular accidents with fatalities and life-long disabilities.  According to medical experts, there are at least 168 diseases caused by chronic use of alcohol.  As such, beginning your own alcohol recovery story can have far reaching effects. The journey to recovery often begin with a simply request.  In Geri’s case after she was finally able to rally the strength to ask for help, she scream out the three hardest and best words… “I Need Help” after which she said she experienced an enormous amount of relief. Unfortunately, although this is one of the most important and life-saving action people struggling with addiction can take, it is usually the hardest. Whether you are still steeped in the throes of addiction to alcohol, just beginning your recovery story or struggling with a relapse, treatment can help.  Alcohol recovery is an ongoing process that for some individuals requires continuous vigilance to sustain sobriety.  The good news is that thanks to technological advancements that have enabled scientist to have a greater understanding of physical and psychological effects of alcohol, there has been tremendous inroads made in the alcohol intervention process.  These shifts means that there are more evidence-based treatment models available for recovery from alcohol use disorders than any other time in history.  Today, recovering from an addiction to alcohol entails a customized, comprehensive continuum of care that is designed to address the core issues being faced by the patient.    Sources:

  1. http://rehabdetoxtreatment.com/rdt/stories/losing-control/
  2. http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/alcoholism

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