Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Can Alcoholism Be Cured? ? ?

This information, taken off the Internet, is provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Although alcoholism can be treated, a cure us not yet available. In other words, even if an alcoholic has been sober for a long time and has regained health, he or she remains susceptible and to relapse and must continue to avoid all alcoholic beverages. "Cutting down" on drinking doesn't work; cutting out alcohol is necessary for a successful recovery.

However, even individuals who are determined to stay sober may suffer one or several "slips," or relapses, before achieving long term sobriety. Relapses are very common and do not mean that a person has failed or cannot recover from alcoholism. Keep in mind, too, that every day that a recovering alcoholic has stayed sober prior to relapse is extremely valuable time, both to the individual and to his or her family. If relapse occurs, its is very important to try to stop drinking once again and to get whatever additional support you need to abstain from drinking.