Is there an Alcoholism Cure?
The disease called Alcoholism is characterized by a craving for and a dependence on alcohol; an urge beyond the capability of the person to control. But there is so much more… it is a disease of the body, mind and spirit.
Sadly, there is no cure
Alcoholism cannot be cured again there is NO Alcoholism Cure. It will forever remain a part of a person’s makeup. However, when it comes to Addiction and Alcoholism, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that alcohol can be treated and managed.
Alcoholics can live successful lives. The bad news is that they are always vulnerable to relapse if they take a drink.
Denial is major issue
Some people will say, “I’m not an alcoholic, I’m just a problem drinker.” There is humor in this statement, but there is also serious truth. People can drink too often, drink too much and run into problems, even though they are not physically addicted.
DUI, driving under the influence is huge in this country. People have been known to go to court repeatedly, yet they are not technically alcoholics.
Sure, there are drunk-driving laws, but people abuse the tolerance and generosity of the court system. They will continue to drink and they will continue to drive, with or without a license. If you lock up the drunks, the jails will be filled every night.
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Alcoholism are VERY wide-spread
The problem of Alcoholism is wide-spread. The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University concluded:
“more than half of all adults have a family history of Alcoholism or problem drinking, and more than nine million children live with a parent dependent on alcohol and/or illicit drugs.” That is a staggering piece of information.
Alcoholism affects us all and until there is an Alcoholism Cure it will continue to affect us. Beyond the immediate family, we have friends, co-workers and neighbors. Moreover, Alcohol abuse and dependence are directly related to our most difficult social problems, such as crime, domestic violence, teen pregnancy.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse teaches us that a person will continue to drink even though it has serious impact on family, friends, employment, health and legal matters. The disease takes over and soon a person is slave to the alcohol. They have to take another drink. People have been known to literally drink themselves to death.
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It’s one of those hot button issues. On the one side, there are those who believe from their evidence that there is a positive cure for alcoholism, while the other side is convinced that there is no such cure.
One side says: Abstinence not needed
A story by Lindsay Chura from June 13, 2008, in US News and World Report told of how researchers from the University of Virginia Health System concluded that the drug topiramate “can lead to a reduction in heavy drinking.” The drug is used to treat seizures and is approved for that purpose by the Food and Drug Administration.
Roy Eskapa, PhD., author of the book “The Cure for Alcoholism: Drink your way sober without willpower, abstinence or discomfort” writes of using naltrexone, an opioid receptor antagonist, and the “Sinclair Method” to rollback the addictive brain action to its original state.
Both the aforementioned works suggest that people can take a pill and continue to drink, only in a responsible way.
The other side says: The cure for alcoholism is to not drink!
The other side of the fence looks at the same evidence and draws a different conclusion. They see alcoholism as a chronic disease that can be treated and managed, but not cured in much the same way as there is not a cure for diabetes, heart disease and other conditions.
While medical intervention is used, such as detoxification and perhaps drugs, there is no encouragement that the person may continue drinking. Abstinence is the key to controlling the disease, or stated another way; the cure for alcoholism is to not drink.
Treatment plans that offer a pill as the primary weapon against the condition of alcoholism will also refute any claims that the 12 Step recovery plan has any validity whatsoever, as they will claim that the steps have a greater than 90 percent failure rate.
Those who “fail” are likely, according to 12 Step advocates, to be the ones who do not work the steps and who refuse to allow themselves to submit to the “power greater than ourselves” or “God, as we understood him.” While not a religious plan, the 12 Steps offer a deep, soul-searching pathway to recovery.
There are a couple of main drugs that are used in treating alcoholism. Naltrexone has a blocking effect on the area of the brain that feels pleasure from alcohol or other drugs. The drinker doesn’t get the same pleasure from the alcohol, so the craving to drink gets reduced. That’s the idea.
Disulfram is another drug that is used to treat alcoholism, only instead of blocking the pleasure receptors, it makes the drinker sick to his/her stomach and causes other unpleasant side effects. Neither drug is claimed to be a cure for alcoholism, but a management tool.
The goal of many non-12 Step advocates is not so much to stop drinking, but to drink less. Organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous preach abstinence, as the only requirement for membership is the desire to not drink. The debate rages on and will continue to be a hot button issue for the foreseeable future.
Summary of Alcoholism Cure:
Alcoholism Cure, currently there is no cure for alcoholism.
Alcoholism Cure, many researchers are working furiously to find a cure, back no one is close.
Because no one has found an Alcoholism Cure, AA recommends total abstinence from all alcohol and drugs to avoid relapse.
If someone says they have an Alcoholism Cure please don't believe it, they're probably just trying to get your money.
Because alcoholism is a disease of the brain like dementia an Alcoholism Cure is very difficult to find.
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