Can You Overcome Alcoholism Permanently?

Hopeful CoupleI was recently contacted by a reader of my website with the following:

“I am not sure if I understand your statement correctly? Are you saying that you can overcome alcoholism permanently?”

I began my reply with, “Yes, (name), tens of thousands of men and women have. However, overcoming alcoholism permanently takes work, the work of reinventing yourself. It’s not a quick fix…”

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Moving beyond the Disease Model of Alcoholism

ChoisesA broad survey in the US showed that 90% of those polled believed alcoholism was a disease. However, a survey of medical doctors indicated that 80% of them thought of alcoholism as simply bad behavior. The American Medical Association regards it as a disease, but the American Psychiatric Association classifies alcoholism as a mental disorder (DSM-IV).

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Dr Neill Neill Interviewed by Kenneth Anderson of HAMS

Kenneth Anderson of HAMS (Harm Reduction for Alcohol) interviewed me as a guest on his radio program on Thursday, August 30. The recording of the show is below. If there’s any problem with the recording, you can go directly to blog talk radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/harm-reduction/2012/08/31/if-your-spouse-drinks

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Alcohol Abuse and Codependency: Two Sides of the Same Coin

addiction / codependencyAs my sister-in-law’s ex-military husband sank into his confined world of alcoholism, she refused to shrink along with him. She was very clear she would not go through another divorce. Instead, she vigorously pursued her garden, bridge and investment club activities. She maintained a strong bond with her middle-aged daughter and many friends…until cancer ended her life.

Her approach was not typical. To her credit, she chose to look after herself, rather than adjusting her behavior to keep the marriage in balance.

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Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Romantic couple drinking a toast to their many years together
Romantic couple drinking a toast to their many years together

The Good

A cool drink is so refreshing and mellowing on a hot day! It melts away the busyness of the day. It’s a great relaxant after a stressful day at work. It’s the universal social lubricant when people get together for fun or celebration.

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