For alcohol addiction recovery to begin, a sufferer must first admit to having a problem. This is usually one of the hardest phases to overcome for the alcoholic. Usually the alcoholic is of the opinion that he is in control and can stop drinking if he wants to, it is never his fault that he drinks – there is always someone else to blame. The alcoholic would usually have to reach desperation before admitting to having a problem. They may lose their job, family, friends and even their home before they will admit to having a problem with alcohol dependency.
So, the first step on the road to alcohol addiction recovery is always that the sufferer is able to admit to themselves that they need help. Once that happens, the sufferer usually thinks that he will soon be cured. That will never be the case; he could achieve total sobriety but he will never be able to have a social drink with friends as alcoholics are usually not capable of regulating their alcohol intake as a non sufferer can.
An excellent resource for alcoholics is Alcoholics Anonymous. There are meetings held in most towns and cities in most countries worldwide. Alcoholics Anonymous are group meetings where people with the same problem gather to gain support and acceptance. All attendees will have the same problem to a greater or lesser degree but everyone understands the problems and difficulties that lie ahead for the recovering alcoholic. There is also a branch for family and friends of alcoholics called Al-Anon which offers support and advice to anyone who is close to an alcoholic. This is an excellent resource because family members often believe that they are the only person who has to deal with this sort of problem. They can ask questions and seek opinions without fear of being judged – everyone at these meeting understands and empathizes with the families and friends of the alcoholic.
There are prescription drugs that can aid the recovery of the alcoholic, but again the sufferer must be absolutely determined and ready to totally abstain from any kind of alcohol in order to be considered suitable for this type of treatment.
A clinic who offer counseling and supervision is another option for the alcoholic sufferer who is seeking alcohol addiction recovery. This is usually offered on the basis of being an inpatient, as the supervision is close and the counseling often, ensuring that the sufferer can get over the initial period of total abstinence.
So, in conclusion, alcohol addiction recovery is a long and difficult road both for the sufferer and their friends and family. Some people can achieve total sobriety in a very short space of time and go on to lead a productive and relatively normal life with their family and friends. Others however, will find that they give into temptation and have to begin all over again. As long as they are prepared to keep trying they should eventually regain full control over their life and their alcohol consumption.