Alcohol Is Not The Alcoholics Problem
If you are only treating alcoholism with the abstinence of alcohol, you might find it difficult to stay sober. This is because alcohol is not the alcoholic’s problem, it’s their solution.
The alcoholic suffers from both the mind and body, and if they are going to be successful at treatment and sobriety, they must work on both. Removing the alcohol is just the beginning, and it is ultimately up to the alcoholic to do the work if they are going to get and stay sober.
The Alcoholics Problem
When You Want It Bad Enough, It’s Yours
If you want it bad enough, you will go after it. Victims don’t get sober, and by that I mean, you can’t expect to fully recover if you are only willing to blame everyone and everything else for your alcoholism. Having to admit we are alcoholics at first sucks. It sucks that we have to struggle from this disease, but once you accept it, you can recover.
There isn’t any other disease in the world that you can recover from just by simply accepting and taking simple steps. That is the amazing part about this disease – even though it’s chronic, progressive, and incurable, it is not terminal and we can recover from it. Taking accountability and being willing to accept change in your life is one of the most important steps towards freedom.
Rehab Is The Discovery Phase
Rehab is a discovery phase of your journey into long-term sobriety. This is where you have a safe place to detox and be separated from your previous solution – alcohol. You will learn a lot about your behaviors and the disease of alcoholism.
You will have the opportunity to share some of your issues without fear of picking up a drink, but once you leave rehab, it is up to you to continue on your path of sobriety. This is the real recovery phase, and like I said, if you want it bad enough you’ll go after it.
I didn’t get the chance to go to a fancy treatment program. In fact, my program didn’t even have a full medical staff and was located in an old motel across the street from a casino, and yet I still got and stayed sober. How?
Alcohol Is Not The Alcoholics Problem
It was because it didn’t have anything to do with the rehab as much as it had to do with my willingness to stay sober, and in that center I was separated long enough from alcohol to dive into my real problem – me. The only way I could work on me was by finding another solution outside of alcohol and that was Alcoholics Anonymous.
AA Is The Recovery Phase
Treatment works if you use it for what it is designed for. The design is to help you get off substances, separate you from old people, places, and things; help you resolve and work through issues that might be holding you back, while also providing you with the tools necessary to successfully continue your recovery after you leave. Anything outside of that is a luxury and consider yourself lucky to have.
If you continue to blame your facility, AA, others, or circumstances for your relapse or continued drinking you will stay sick and drunk. In order to fully surrender to this amazing beautiful way of life you must get out of your own way. If you are enabling an alcoholic in your life and co-signing their excuses you are also part of the problem and need to get of their way, too. AA is a simple program that works at getting people sober 100% of the time when they are willing to thoroughly follow this way of life and do the work.
If you are sick and tired of living the life that alcoholism has given you, then it’s time to come home to your family. We will be waiting with the lights on. Click here to find a meeting now: AA Meetings
If you feel like you need a little more help so that you can give AA an honest try, click here to check out our program: The Watershed Rehab Center
The real truth is, and don’t let anyone tell you any different, that even the most desperate lost alcoholics who feel they are doomed and hopeless, can still get and stay sober, too. I know because I was one of them.
Written by your sister in sobriety.
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