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Alcoholism has been medically classified as a brain illness since 1956. In spite of this medical diagnosis, the argument that addiction to alcohol is a choice still persists. It is a horrible misconception that is really doing a great deal of harm to people seeking recovery.

The concept that alcoholism is a choice does no help or service to those who have addition trouble. This mindset only serves to proliferate stereotypes of alcoholics. It gives the image that they are only weak-willed, inconsiderate, derelicts. It makes people think they could “Stop if only they wanted to.” This is an ignorant mindset that is brought on by people who are totally uneducated about the disease. Usually, people who have not had to deal with it themselves. So yes, they can always stop anytime they want. They do not have the same mental compulsion to drink that takes over in an alcoholic. They do not have the physical cravings for more alcohol that alcohols get as soon as a drop of liquor passed through their lips.

 Why isn’t alcohol abuse a choice? No one chooses to willingly destroy their family. No one wants their son, daughter, husband, wife, or parents to loathe them. Who in their right mind would choose those things? Furthermore, no one would willingly put their job or career in jeopardy by being irresponsible and foolish. Under the influence of alcohol, however, alcoholics do this on a regular basis. The same people, when sober, are perfectly normal and rational. They are fine people. When drunk, though, they routinely repeat the same mistakes. They wake up time and time again taking a vow to stay sober, or to correct their behavior, and they cannot follow it through, regardless of their will-power.

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 “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

As an addiction medicine psychiatrist, I believe that to change a behavior, we must first recognize that a problem exists. This approach applies whether it's a habit to break or an addictive behavior to stop. Addiction occurs for various reasons and can manifest itself behaviorally or emotionally. Once help is sought, then intervention can begin. 

Given the physical and psychological dependence that accompanies addiction, professional treatment is one of the most effective ways to treat alcohol use disorders. A medically-supervised recovery plan is quicker, less stressful, and safer than a solo attempt. A professional treatment program helps alcoholics manage their cravings, cope with emotional highs and lows, and learn how to maintain sobriety.

What Are the Symptoms of an Alcohol Use Disorder?  

There are certain symptoms and signs which can signify that an individual has an alcohol use disorder and would benefit from treatment. Some commonly occurring symptoms include:

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At this point, your alcohol addiction may be pulling you down so I’m offering you what could be the best alternative treatment for alcoholism.  The question here is:  is there one?

Different strokes for different folks.  What worked for one may not work for another so I’m offering you several unconventional treatments for alcoholism that you can choose from.

  1.  Acupuncture – for those of you who are not familiar with acupuncture, this is a form of treatment that originated from china wherein small needles are inserted into the skin.  This practice is helpful in detoxing the liver, and relieving depression. 
  2. Yoga – is a known breathing exercise to calm the mind and body.  This type of exercise helps promote inner peace therefore reducing stress and anxiety.  This is especially helpful for alcoholics as they tend to drink more to ease the pain and drown their sorrows.  This type of exercise also helps release negative energies.
  3. Pet Therapy – this is, in my opinion, probably the cutest alternative treatment for alcoholism. In this therapy, recovering alcoholics are encouraged to adopt or care for another being or pets.  This helps the addicts take their mind off the addiction and focus on the being or creature that they need to care for.  Through this, they get to explore their protective and fostering side, and later realize how nice it is to be loved and cared for.  Aside from sense of happiness and fulfillment, having a pet reduces stress and depression, boosts self-esteem, and lessens pain.
  4. Exercise – you can swim, ride a bike, run, or go for spin classes.  What’s great about exercising is that it offers the same “high” as drinking.  The best part here is that it keeps you fit, clears your mind, all while you are diverted from your addiction.
  5. Gardening – is like pet therapy in a way that it gives the recovering addict a sense of purpose.  The only difference is that plants or flowers don’t really physically respond to the caregiver in the same way as the cute and active animals.

Finding the right treatment is an essential step in your recovery.  Discover what will work for you and you will surely go a long way in your recovery.

 

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I am honored to be the December Expert particularly because this first day happens to be my birthday. Yet the date does not mark the only time I was shifted from a place of comfort to a visceral shock to the system.

I’ve been given the most precious gift of life three times. I was physically born in December of 1961, almost died in 2001 and then tested fate again in 2008. The 46-year journey was a roller coaster of addiction, emotional chaos and nonstop searching for a way out.

Although I can't remember the first few celebrations of the date I entered this world, all accounts indicated they were joyous, happy and fun. I’ve been told people poured attention on me with beautifully wrapped boxes to open and cards read by others with messages for a future far better than their own.

 

 

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Spiritual River is a resource for addiction help and alcoholism treatment. Operated by former addict Patrick Meninga, Spiritual River has helped thousands recover from their addiction problem. Visit our website www.spiritualriver.com for more useful information, or call our 24/7 treatment helpline 888-724-3186. 100% confidential.

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