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The number one most successful program in getting alcoholics/addicts sober, when coupled with appropriate detoxification and other support systems (such as outpatient therapy and medication support when needed) is Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholics Anonymous is an organization that comprises non-professionals who are each attending meetings, providing support and engaging in a twelve-step practice to both cease substance abuse and treat the emotional malady and emptiness so evident in addiction. Alcoholics Anonymous is completely free and there are meetings all over the world (including other related programs such as Narcotics Anonymous, Alanon, etc.) through which one can receive support.
If you are interested in seeking help, contact the local AA office in your nearest major city. There are sober AA members on-call 24 hours a day to answer your questions and to make you feel less isolated and alone.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|