Alcoholism substance abuse treatment – is effective in most cases when the individual has a sincere desire for recovery. That person must want to be sober and willing to do whatever it takes to attain that goal. Research shows that a minority of alcoholics remain sober after treatment, while some have periods of sobriety alternating with drinking bouts. Others seem unable to stop drinking for any serious length of time and most of this group has been mentally impaired in some way.
Treatment outcome for addiction compares favorably with those of many other chronic medical conditions. The longer one abstains from chemical use the more likely one is to remain sober. Of course it is important to remember than many people relapse before long-term sobriety takes hold. That’s where the desire for recovery plays such an important role. If relapse does occur it is important to try to stop drinking again and to seek help as soon as possible. On going support from friends and family members is very important and this support network is always encouraged by therapist/counselors. The only warning applies in avoiding people, places and things that had been the drinking or drug abuse life-style.
For most persons in recovery the support network involves 12-Step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. They share the same views and their philosophy of abstinence prevails if long-term results are to take hold. Both programs are based on social contact through regular attendance at meetings and these are available in nearly every community in the nation. In fact, millions of AA and NA members reside in towns and villages around the world. When it comes to becoming a member of AA or NA both embrace the same philosophies and abide by similar Steps to Recovery. One need only include Narcotics Anonymous or N.A. when reading the AA preamble:
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. (See: www.aa.org. or www.na.org)
Meetings are the mechanism for social exchange and so the foundation for any long-term cure. Through meetings new friendships are forged and newcomers can seek counsel from members who can relate to the uncertainties of recovery. Attending meetings regularly adds structure and prevents feelings of loneliness and isolation. Treatment centers universally recommend after-care sessions in the form of AA/NA attendance and most furnish locations of local groups for former residents. Â Great importance is attached to mutual experiences and new members connect with people who understand the rewards and challenges of major life changes. Â New members are accepted for who they are by those who have gone through the same process sometimes decades previously.
AA and NA regard their programs as a fellowship and embrace them as a way to share experience, strength and hope. When individuals compare what things were like before treatment new paths were just being outlined they discover how much they hold in common with other older members. The newcomer feels confidence in those shared experiences and the long term member is reminded of the abuses, pains and losses that dependency had caused in their lives. For all it provides comparisons in the specific changes that have been applied underscores how rewards come to those determined to put alcoholism and addiction behind them. It’s why AA members say:
IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT!