Mainstream recovery often describes the stages of alcoholism recovery, in such a way, to further their interests. It does not advance the interests of patients or clients. If you examine the four stages below, you’ll realize that is clearly the case.
Stages of Alcoholism Recovery
Active recovery and maintenance
Basically, acknowledge that you have a problem and need treatment. Then begin to explore recovery options. Start recovery as soon as possible. Undergo treatment and make a commitment to maintaining recovery. These stages do little to educate alcohol dependents on the causes of alcoholism. When you consider that mainstream recovery has a success rate of roughly 5-10 percent, how does this benefit anyone other than AA or the addiction recovery industry as a whole? In my opinion, it doesn’t!
The Real Stages of Alcoholism
The truth of the matter is; alcoholism is not a disease. It is a form of emotional escape. Based on my research, I have concluded that alcoholism has four stages or levels. At the foundation, you’ll find the generators. Various patterns of family, relationship dynamics form the basis for destructive drinking. Progressing to the next stage or level, we have the Catalyzers. Self-esteem, personal power and personal identity are adversely impacted by the generators and begin to feed the next stage, which consists of the Paralyzers. Emotional deterrents, such as fear, and personal agendas or false narratives sustain negative behavior and prevent positive change. Finally, the last stage is comprised of the Drivers – anxiety, emotional distress and depression. These mental states drive destructive drinking.
In summary, to highlight stages, which merely outline the mainstream recovery process, without offering any helpful information and education doesn’t benefit those who are struggling with alcohol dependence for several reasons. First, it suggests that maintaining sobriety is a long-term endeavor. In truth, it doesn’t have to be. Second, the stages also imply that AA and treatment are the only ways to deal with alcohol addiction. That is categorically false. What I’m saying is this; give people the correct information and educate them. Then give them the freedom to make an informed choice about how to beat alcoholism on your own.
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