What is Alcoholics Anonymous?

Alcoholics Anonymous was the first twelve step recovery program founded by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith in 1935. The basic text of Alcoholics Anonymous, known as the Big Book, was published in 1939 and laid out the original twelve step program of recovery from alcoholism. Since that time, Alcoholics Anonymous has undergone minor changes,…

Can Alcoholism be Cured?

Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive, and fatal disease. Although there is no absolute cure for alcoholism, we are able to recover from the hopeless state of body and mind that has resulted from the disease. Rather than a cure, we have recovery programs designed to maintain sobriety and remove symptoms of the disease. Alcoholism can…

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

When we engage in our recovery program, we find it helpful to go through a process of cleaning up our past mistakes. We come to understand our fault in situations in which we were harmed or harmed others, and become willing to go to any lengths to right our past transgressions. However, there is quite…

Can I Learn to Control My Drinking?

When we first realized that our drinking has gotten out of control, many of us searched for excuses rather than admit that we were suffering from alcoholism. We felt as though our loss of control was theresult of a  momentary lapse in judgement, or a reaction to external stressors, rather than symptomatic of a progressive…

What Does Alcoholism Look Like?

Alcoholism is a complex disease that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. It affects every aspect of our life and those around us, damaging our relationships and well-being at every level. Acceptance of the disease is difficult, and many people believe that, although their lives are no longer manageable as a result of their drinking,…

The Three Types of Drinkers: Moderate, Hard, and Alcoholic

When looking at different types of drinkers, we find three main categories: Moderate drinkers, hard drinkers, and those who drink alcoholically. These categories can be difficult to determine, as most people who suffer from the disease of alcoholism prefer to deceive themselves into believing that they are simple “hard drinkers.” If we are to determine…

The Three Components of Alcoholism: Mind, Body, and Spirit

Alcoholism is a threefold disease of the mind, body, and spirit. There are three main factors within the disease: the spiritual malady, a physical allergy, and a mental obsession. These three factors are the reason why it is impossible for someone suffering from the disease of alcoholism to simply stop using as a result of…

Money Management is Important in Sobriety: Try These Tips for Starters

In recovery, there is a lot of talk about emotions, spirituality, and self-awareness. One thing you may not think about is money management. If you are wondering why anybody is thinking about money when in recovery from addiction, the truth is it is far more important than people realize. Having the right resources can make…

Long Term Physical Health Effects from Alcohol Abuse

  Society has led millions to believe alcohol is not a drug.  Its legality tends to give false belief that it’s fun and everyone should enjoy the benefits.  Yet, 17.6 million people suffer from alcoholism in the United States at any given time.  A few more million also engage in risky and self-destructive binge drinking…