There are many working in the addiction field who deride the idea that there is an alcoholism cure. They believe it to be far too complex a condition.
They say it cannot be cured, that it can only be managed. In much the same way that diabetes has to be treated with insulin, so alcoholism has to be treated by withdrawing alcohol.
And that is why abstention from alcohol is the current accepted ‘treatment’ for alcohol dependence.
And so, the thinking goes, in order to remain free from alcohol you have to attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings.
How, then, do the proponents of this view explain the many people who, using various cures and methods, have managed to go back to moderate drinking.
What about those who have succeeded in quitting drinking altogether using some of the alternatives to AA, like Smart Recovery.
Don’t get me wrong AA has much to recommend it, but it is not the only show in town and its record is pretty poor, at least statistically.
There are cures for alcoholism out there and they do work, at least for some people, but, and this is a big but, they do not work for everybody. Some of them are scams, designed purely to take your hard-earned cash.
It is essential that you approach any so-called alcoholism cure with a healthy dose of skepticism. Get recommendations, read testimonials carefully and go to alcoholism forums to ask others if they have had experience with a particular method. You can never be too careful.