What does Alcohol Addiction Treatment actually give us?

Alcohol Addiction TreatmentAlcohol addiction treatment doesn’t get rid of the addiction. It can give us remission for as long as we practice a recovering lifestyle; however, any approach to alcohol addiction treatment that claims to eliminate the condition is unsafe for people whose drinking problems are severe enough to need treatment.

Alcohol addiction treatment doesn’t get rid of the addiction. It can give us remission for as long as we practice a recovering lifestyle; however, any approach to alcohol addiction treatment that claims to eliminate the condition is unsafe for people whose drinking problems are severe enough to need treatment. Addiction to alcohol affects every aspect of our lives; for treatment to have a good chance of working, we must make equally wide-reaching changes toward sobriety.

A trap we may fall into a while after we’ve completed alcohol addiction treatment, or at least the intensive parts, is to begin doubting that we were really alcoholics. Somehow the suffering fades from memory, but the good times don’t. We start wondering about testing ourselves – just small experiments. We tell ourselves the things we heard in treatment about alcohol addiction were kind of exaggerated, at least in our cases. We can try having just one. If we start to lose control we’ll stop. If worst comes to worst, we can go back to treatment.

Gains and losses of relapsing after alcohol addiction treatment


Here’s a thought about that: let’s weigh the possible gains and losses of both options – forget it and stay sober even if we aren’t sure we’re alcoholic, or try drinking again.



 

  • First option: just keep working on recovery – accept the idea that we need to stay sober, even if it might not be true.

 



What can we gain?  Well, if we work a good program, we’ll be free of the dangers drinking brought into our lives – our health, relationships, careers, finances, and freedom won’t be affected by drinking, because we aren’t drinking.

What do we have to lose?  We don’t get to drink anymore, so we lose the good things that went with drinking.




    • Second option: experiment. What might we gain? If it works, we get to drink!




. . .  and what could we lose? Well, if we lose control again, the short answer is – everything, including our lives.

If the chance I could drink is so important to me that I’m willing to gamble my life on it, that indicates I’m an alcoholic right there, wouldn’t you say?

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