How to Overcome Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism

Learn how to overcome alcohol abuse and alcoholism from Dr. Paul Hokemeyer in this Howcast video.

Transcript

In my experience in this field for nearly 20 years I've found that without a doubt the most successful way to treat alcoholism is through a 12 step program. 12 steps give the person structure in their life, and enable them to connect with something bigger than themselves that can help them deal with their disease. Data shows that people who are in a 12 step program and who are in individual therapy have a success rate that far succeeds people who don't. The nature of addiction and alcoholism is that it's incredibly isolating, and a lot of people begin to lead very secret lives. What happens is their life gets smaller and smaller and smaller. The thing about recovery is it unpacks your life and it makes your life bigger and bigger and bigger. What you want to do to embrace your recovery is again know that you can't go it alone, and that you need to trust someone else with the challenges, with the struggles that you're going through. So in my experience people need that type of recovery in their life, and they need a program of recovery, and they need to know that they're not alone in the solution, and that by joining with something outside of themselves, and someone outside of themselves that they can recover, and engage in recovery for life.

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