1) Am I Really an Alcoholic?
You are the only one that can make that determination. Many who are now in the recovery were told in the past that they didn’t have an addiction. They were told that they needed better discipline, stronger willpower, a change in location, a more relaxed schedule, or a new hobby to get themselves back on track. The people that heard these quips eventually turned to The NCC, because deep down they knew alcohol had a grip on their lives that they couldn’t escape without help.
They were willing to try any option to free themselves from the constant desire to turn to alcohol. If they’ve been on the right path and sober for a while, they may bring themselves to test their discipline and try a beer or glass of wine every once in a while. Testing these waters is unsafe and the temptation to go back to old habits could prove troublesome for those trying to keep themselves straight.
2) Can I Drink Normally After Recovery?
No person that has been classified as an alcoholic has ever ceased to be an alcoholic. Abstaining from drinking alcohol for days, months, or years doesn’t mean the alcoholism is cured. It is extremely difficult for an alcoholic to drink “normally” or socially. Once the threshold between heavy drinking and irresponsible drinking has been crossed, there’s no retreat for an individual struggling with alcoholism.
3) Do I Need Attend AA If I Stay Sober for A Long Period?
Many that struggle with alcohol consumption will say it’s how you drink, now how often, that determines whether or not you’re an alcoholic. It could be weeks, months, or even years since a problem drinker has touched alcohol. They may not give drinking a second thought during their sober period, choosing to leave the habit alone for their own good.
They could be on the right path and doing well for themselves, but out of nowhere a spiral could ensue, and they go on a first-class binge. During this binge, they forget about everything in their life and neglect every responsibility, obligation, and family member. This behavior could go on for a day or so, or it could last for weeks. When the binge is finally over the individual feels extreme guilt and remorse for their lapse. They vow never to let it happen again, but it often will reoccur much to their disappointment.
4) My Drinking Is Getting Worse, But I’m Not an Alcoholic
Many AA members were assured countless times by their relatives, friends, and even doctors that they weren’t alcoholics. This reassurance makes it harder for alcoholics to see their drinking as a problem, and they don’t face the consequences of their habit. Denial of their unhealthy behaviors makes the problem worse, as they are often not completely honest with healthcare providers and loved ones that can provide the help they need. However, doctors have gotten more adept at penetrating the typical problem drinker’s attempts at deception and can diagnose them accurately.
5) Can I Get and Stay Sober Without Attending Meetings?
It’s possible to become sober without attending meetings, but a support system is a big part of the recovery of an alcoholic. Some people have been able to stop drinking by reading Alcoholics Anonymous, the “Big Book” of AA, which goes over the basic principles of the AA recovery program. However, even the people that have foregone AA meetings by reading the book sought out other alcoholics to share their experience with and help them along the road to sobriety.
6) How Much Is an AA Membership?
There is no financial obligation associated with an AA membership. The recovery program is available across the U.S. for anyone battling alcoholism that has the desire to stop drinking. It doesn’t matter if the person is flat broke or a millionaire, they are welcome in the meeting space. However, most local groups will pass around a “hat” for donations to level off the cost of space rentals, refreshments, and any other expenses.