Being Alcohol Free

Introduction

Alcoholism is an interesting non-organic disease that is difficult to manage rooted in the excess and inordinate consumption of alcoholic drinks. Literature on alcoholism affirms that this might be traced to the following causes: environmental, genetic, and/or psychological (www.wikipedia.org;www.nlm.nih.gov) .The excess consumption of alcohol is fatal to the body and causes physical and psychiatric problems.

Recovery from Alcoholism

Recovery from alcoholism is a very difficult process. It is not easily completed by individual resolve alone. It requires the massive support of institutions, concerned individuals, the family, and friends. The consolidated experiences of individuals who have successfully liberated themselves from the habit are vital in the healing of others. These “liberated” individuals (like the members of Alcoholics Anonymous, the largest non-professional national support group) have founded organizations to support the recovery of other alcoholics (www.wikipedia.org) . Since alcoholism becomes a medical problem at a certain stage of its evolution, every alcoholic needs to undergo detoxification, treatment, and medication (www.addictionrecoveryguide.org).
The recovery from alcoholism is rooted in support for an alcoholic’s resolve in the following ways: re-education on the ill-effects of the habit, counseling and therapy, physical well-being, and meaningful socialization (www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus.ency.article/000944.htm ). Equally important is the change in the alcoholic’s living environment into one that discourages and prevents back-sliding and a return to the habit.

Alcoholism and Sobriety

Testimonies and narratives from “liberated” alcoholics show what it means to move from alcoholism to recovery. One fundamental factor is the increased and the strengthening of the alcoholic’s commitment towards recovery (www.addictionrecoveryguide.org) . Commitment is increased and strengthened through the steadfast and unwavering attendance in the re-education process. Facilities for the re-education of the alcoholic are managed by government medical institutions, professional groups, and non-professional networks. The ultimate goal of such re-education institutions is the alcoholic’s realization that alcoholism is destructive and not beneficial in living a qualitatively good and meaningful life. One good example of this is Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step self-help recovery program which has effectively managed the recovery process (www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000944.htm). To achieve this end, infrastructures for recovery are available for the alcoholic including housing. Professional and non-professional groups provide facilities for in-house patients and special programs for out-patients (www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000944.htm) to sustain recovery efforts. These initiatives point to one very important factor in the recovery process which providing is the appropriate environment for sustained and productive recovery.

Other important factors in the recovery process are counseling and therapy. Feedback on recovery from alcoholism is rich in narratives which show that managing one’s thoughts and behavior away from the habit is important for a fruitful recovery process (www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/00944.htm). Counseling and therapy usually done by professionals substantially address the psychological roots of alcoholism (ie. insecurity, poor self-esteem, negativism, etc) support the improvement of the living environment of the alcoholic. Testimonies show that positive experiences in counseling and therapy sessions are self-affirming for recovering alcoholics (www.addictionrecoveryguide.org ). Moreover, these sessions provide opportunities to enrich human relatedness and a deeper appreciation of others. Narratives display the alcoholic’s journey towards re-integration with family, friends. and society. Many narrators experience joy in discovering new relationships and renewing old ones. Therapy and counseling somehow communicate to the recovering alcoholic the reality that he/she is not alone and that hope exists in the deep concern of others for the completion of the recovery process. This situation builds optimism and hope in a recovering alcoholic.

One of the most interesting transformations that many recovering alcoholics experience is spirituality. So, many stories narrated by recovering alcoholics are testimonies of feelings of lightness, harmony with nature, oneness with God, peace and tranquility, and happiness (www. addictionrecoveryguide.org ).

The ultimate phase in the recovery of alcoholics is the restoration of the alcoholic’s physical well-being (www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000944.html) . The destruction of one’s health brought about by alcoholism is arrested and the image of a healthy person is restored. This process is important for the holistic healing which includes the physical, mental, psychological and spiritual and the improvement of self-imaging for an alcoholic on the road to total recovery.

References

Alcoholism and Recovery (n.d.) Available from: http://www.addictionrecoveryguide.org (Accessed on 16 August 2014)
Alcoholism (n.d.) Available from: http://www.wikipedia.org (Accessed on 16 August 2014)
Alcoholism (n.d.) Available from: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000944.htm (Accessed on 16 August 2014)

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