An arrow shot from a bow is meant to reach the target. What is the target for the treatment of alcohol addiction? The answer to this question is not as easy as one would think and the writer in an article in the Catholic Times explains why.
most would answer that treatment for alcoholism is to stop drinking.
However, those working with the addicted quickly find out that the
patient is faced with many problems attributed to withdrawal. These
symptoms are serious: anxiety, insomnia, irritability, and anger
difficult to control. Pleasure and temporary relief of stress that
alcohol supplied are followed by depression and helplessness.
for alcohol, the mentality of the person is affected, he has a 'dry
drunk', behaving like a drunk person, the mental faculties and emotions
are distorted not able to satisfy the addiction. In the treatment
process dealing with this pain, all disappears by giving in to the
temptation and drinking.
half, according to statistics, after treatment return within a month,
two-thirds go back to drink within a year. Recovery is not easy. After
relapse, the situation is more serious, small and big conflicts,
diseases and attempted suicides. The pain is real and the temptation to
succumb is strong and not just an excuse on the part of the addicted
brain which has enjoyed drinking regularly when the
drinking stops the brain goes into an emergency state. The brain to
overcome this abnormal state will take all the means available; we
have distorted thinking and emotions, destroying any kind of spirituality.
who stay away from alcohol for at least two years over 80 % continue.
After one or two years most of the brain's functions return and the way
the person faces life changes.
tells his readers about a man in his 80s who was addicted but went to
see his doctor weekly and joined a group of alcoholics meeting
regularly. The writer asked him why did he want to change at his age.
I have been drinking for over 60 years. I worked hard and quite
suddenly I felt an emptiness in life, I had nothing. I worked, made
money and spent a lot of my time drinking with friends, I had little
time to speak with my family. I didn't want my family to remember me
only as a drunk who lived a worthless life.I stopped drinking, learned
to play an instrument, started exercising, reading and returned to my
religion. Most important I have been spending time with my family in
conversation. They liked what they saw and praised and respect me for
what I have done. I have begun living a meaningful life even if it's
medical practitioner wishes the patient to enjoy healthy pleasures
instead of those that come from using addictive substances. They desire patients to
seek full communication with others instead of anger, have hope instead
of being controlled by instinctive desires and live a dignified life as
a human being. This is the ultimate goal for addicts to reach and not