Set free from alcohol or drug addiction?

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Why being an addict or alcoholic is not a bad thing.

Why being an addict or alcoholic is not a bad thing.

 

Can someone be totally set free from alcohol
or drug addiction?

First let’s define the problem. Alcohol or drug dependency shows up as a loss of control over the ability to use socially. It’s been called a chronic relapsing disease that gets progressively worse over time if not arrested. It is fatal.

So if you’re asking, “Is there a cure?” the answer is no. No one has ever been able to return to social use, regain control–who was truly an alcoholic or an addict. That does not mean there is no solution.

Anyone who wants to badly enough–can completely stop their use and begin the journey of recovery. It is not easy in the beginning–but it does get easier over time. If the “want to” is there, people can quit and enjoy a life without alcohol or other drugs. Most will need some support group to get the ball rolling.

They will always be an alcoholic or addict BUT their disease can be–and can stay in remission if they choose to keep it there.

“So, is it a bad thing to be an addict or alcoholic? Certainly not!  Anyone who wants to badly enough–can completely stop their use and begin the journey of recovery. A life in recovery for an addict or alcoholic can be joyous, full and incredibly rewarding.”  ~Joe Herzanek

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3 thoughts on “Set free from alcohol or drug addiction?

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  2. jherzanek Post author

    Hi Rebecca,

    It can be a challenge to find a good Alanon group but well worth it if you do.

    You might also find it helpful to attend an occasional Open AA meeting.

    Lots to learn there. Maybe it will help your son to see you want to be more involved. Anything that will encourage him is great.

    Strong faith is a wonderful asset (-:

    Blessings, Joe

  3. Rebecca McGuckin

    HI ,
    I have a son that is in rehab for alchohol for the third time.
    He seems to be doing well this time. He is choosing to live in another state and wants to keep in touch as little as possible. As his Mother this is difficult for me to accept but I want to do what is best for him. I have attended AlAnon and not found it helpful only more depressing. I have a very strong faith and find strength through that. My son is hurt that his Father and I aren’t attending Al Anon. Any suggestions.
    Rebecca

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