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How Long Does Withdrawal Last?

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This timeline shows that the worst of it is in the first four days. A lot of drinkers are concerned about withdrawal.  I get quite a few questions about it.  A lot of people just don’t know what withdrawals are and they confuse them with a lot of things, such as a general longing or a psychological beating you take. It’s important to know that withdrawals specifically mean physical symptoms (I’ll outline these below) that come from drop in blood alcohol level when your body thinks it’s … [Read more...]

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Enjoying life without alcohol – understanding and dealing with reality

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For alcoholics, quitting doesn't always last long.  What matters is making it stick. Pitfalls for Recovering Alcoholics: Some of the Biggest Temptations. Social Occasions Hello, my name is Sam and I'm a recovered alcoholic.  This means that the holidays, while great now, were a bit sketchy for me in the first few years of my sobriety.   Holidays are rough because the booze can be flowing at those times. Sometimes you can be around people who don't know you're recovered and who feel that … [Read more...]

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Recovering Alcoholic Behaviors that Lead to Long Term Sobriety

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Behavioral change is the key to enjoying long-term sobriety. An alcoholic cannot be helped without admitting a problem, booking into a reputable rehab center and staying through the treatment. Those who admit to alcohol addiction and go through rehabilitation come out and the battle they have to face on a day to day basis is ensuring they don't relapse. Here are some recovering alcoholic behaviors that lead to long term sobriety. Change your environment Is it insane to do the same thing over … [Read more...]

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Is Alcoholism a Disease?

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Is alcoholism a disease? In my experience, people like to consider it a serious problem which plagues sufferers and those around them. But I've encountered resistance to the idea that alcoholism is a disease. Many people don't like to group alcoholics with people who suffer cancer, degenerative diseases and so on.   It seems to be disrespectful to sufferers of those conditions, and I get that. Yet, people who ask "is alcoholism a disease?" need to be informed of the life-threatening nature … [Read more...]

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Why do alcoholics drink?

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Why do alcoholics drink? Well, because they're alcoholics.  But how did they achieve that lovely title to begin with? It's actually a fairly common question.  For better or for worse, alcoholics do inspire questions.  That's why there are so many movies about us. So what is the answer? Well, I may have known more than my share of alcoholics in my day.  And the reason it can be hard to talk about causes is that there are so many different paths to excessive drink.  Also, one doesn't really … [Read more...]