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Alcoholism takes away your dignity, your self-esteem, your health and your life. The good news is that there is help. After the preliminary stages of rehabilitation, such as detox, medical and psychological attention, the most statistically successful journey to consider is becoming a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. If you would like a chance at a truly successful, positive lifestyle then it is essential you surround yourself with people who understand your disease. It is recommended, too, that you find a sponsor and work the steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. If you do not obtain a network of support, you will most likely drink again.
In order to find an AA meeting place that is comfortable for you, visit at least five or six different meetings before you make a decision as to which one works for you. All meetings are different and focus on different parts of the disease. Additionally, it is recommended that you seek a sponsor to help you work the 12-steps right away. For more recovery options, go to http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/ (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) to find a plethora of resources.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|