Alcohol Recovery Groups - Why Bother?

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Alcohol Recovery Groups: Why Bother?

By Leslie Vandever

You’ve decided to stop drinking.

You probably already know that very few people are able to stop without help and support. Addiction to alcohol isn’t just a bad habit. It has nothing to do with your morals or lack of willpower. You may be genetically
susceptible to alcohol, making dependence more likely. Your social circumstances or your behavior may have led you into it.

You made your decisions both to drink—and to stop—for your own reasons. Here are a few more from the World Health Organization (WHO):

·     As an alcoholic, you’re one of approximately 3.3 million people worldwide who’ll probably die this year due to your harmful
use of alcohol.
·     Abuse of alcohol is a “causal factor” in more than 200 disease and injury conditions, mental and behavioral disorders, and
other non-communicable conditions, including liver cirrhosis.
·     In people between the ages of 20 and 39, about 25 percent of total deaths are attributable to alcohol.
·     Around the world, alcohol kills more teen-agers than all other drugs combined.
·     Of the more than 490 million people in the European Union, more than 23 million are dependent upon alcohol. In the U.S.,
more than 18 million people are dependent upon or abuse alcohol.
·     As long as you’re dependent upon alcohol, you’re more likely to be involved in a car accident, fall, suffer burns, or drown.
·     You’re more likely to have high blood pressure, stroke, and other heart-related diseases.
·     Your chances of brain damage, nerve damage, suffering malnutrition, having gastritis and ulcers, and cancer of the mouth
and throat are higher if you’re an alcoholic.

You understand that alcohol dependence is a serious, chronic disorder that can ruin your health, destroy your relationships with family and friends, disrupt or destroy your ability to support yourself or your family,
and even threaten your life. You understand how dire your circumstances have become and why, somehow, your dependence on alcohol must be broken. You know it won’t be easy. You know it will take time.

You know that you’re battling for your life.

That’s why getting help is so important. Joining a recovery group is a reliable way to get it. They take a variety of forms:
·     12-step groups,
such as Alcoholics Anonymous:
 These groups work by long-established, progressive steps to recovery; anonymity; numerous meeting places; non-judgmental peer support; peer-mentors; and a belief in a power higher than oneself.
Membership is non-binding but life-long.
·     Mutual support
 These groups focus on support and encouragement from others who’re in various stages of breaking dependence on alcohol, just as you are. They offer an opportunity to talk about issues, problems, triumphs, and successes
in a non-judgmental atmosphere of camaraderie and understanding.
·     Behavioral therapy: This
works by helping you recognize triggers and change harmful behaviors, including self-criticism, that make breaking dependence on alcohol more difficult. It teaches methods of self-support and affirmation and encourages a conscious effort to improve mental
·     Medications: There
are medications available that can make stopping alcohol easier both physically and mentally, including antidepressants.
·     Combination
 This type of therapy combines various methods to fit the individual. Often, group and behavioral therapy blend well with medications.
·     Support through
social media
: Internet social media platforms and email lend themselves well to alcoholics in recovery. They offer a quick, convenient way for people to get in touch with their support systems discreetly and without fuss.

You’ve made the right decision. Now make another and join a recovery group. Take your life back!  For more  for more information for your health visit

Leslie Vandever is a professional journalist and freelance writer with more than 25 years of experience. She lives in the foothills of Northern California.

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