If you want to learn how to battle alcohol abuse without AA or rehab, then you must understand and eliminate the root causes. Both Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and mainstream recovery claim that alcoholism is a disease, which can only be managed and never cured. Nothing could be farther from the truth. First and foremost, there is no empirical evidence, to date, that supports the disease theory. Second, even if alcoholism was a disease, why can’t it be cured? Western medicine cures diseases all the time. The short answer is; if a patient is cured, additional treatment is unnecessary. Basically, it does not benefit AA or mainstream recovery to cure alcoholism. Neither of these models was constructed for patient success. They were built for program success.
Getting Sober with AA
If you study and examine The Twelve-Step Program of AA, as I have, you will conclude that AA members achieve sobriety through behavioral transference. In other words, they trade alcohol for AA meetings and Ideology. Addiction still remains, just not to alcohol. The underlying causes have not been addressed. Therefore, if members take a drink or discontinue meetings, they will likely relapse. Bottom line, AA members do not learn how to battle alcohol abuse effectively and authentically.
Overcoming Alcoholism with Conventional Treatment
Since 95 percent of treatment centers in the U.S. use The twelve-Step Program as a primary modality, we are essentially talking about the same method of treatment. Most treatment centers simply add amenities, or some bells and whistle to the programming, to charge an exorbitant fee for a program that is offered in church basements for free. In 1999 a new treatment model began to emerge and has grown since its inception. It is called Medication Assisted Treatment. This method combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with medication, which is prescribed to block the effects of alcohol and drugs. These compounds are generally psychoactive, so whether they actually block the effects of other substances or not, they are inducing mind-altering states irrespective of the original basis for the addiction. Consequently, just like AA, an argument could be made that patients are merely transferring behavior from one substance to another. That, in my opinion, is not authentic recovery.
How to Battle Alcohol Abuse
If you want to learn how to battle alcohol abuse effectively, then you must understand what alcoholism really is and what the root causes actually are. After 10 years of research and working as an addiction recovery coach, I have concluded that alcoholism is a form of emotional escape. It is driven by anxiety, emotional stress and depression. When these emotional states reach tipping points, and they become unmanageable, alcohol is used to self-medicate. In total, there are four, main causes of alcohol abuse. Each cause must be addressed if you want to battle and beat alcoholism. Below is a brief outline:
Patterns of family dysfunction such as control, verbal, physical and sexual abuse as well as part-time parenting and substance-abusive parenting form the basis for alcoholism and underpin the Catalyzers, Paralyzers and Drivers. To overcome alcoholism, successfully, you must set some boundaries and change the relationship dynamics.
Low self-esteem, inadequate personal power, and distorted personal identity feed the Paralyzers and Drivers. To stop drinking, you must change the Catalyzers. You must increase self-esteem, take back personal power and establish personal identity.
Emotional deterrents such as fear, anger, shame and regret prevent most people from embracing personal development and making positive change. Personal agendas and false narratives provide a motive and excuse to continue alcohol abuse. If you want to beat alcoholism without AA or rehab, then you must remove the emotional deterrents and give up the false narratives and agendas.
Anxiety, emotional distress and depression are the Drivers of alcoholism. When these emotional states reach tipping points, alcohol is used to alleviate symptoms. To stop drinking on your own, you must put your emotions in check by eliminating the drivers.
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