Alcohol Abuse Treatment: Alcoholic … Genetic?…. and Help?

Question by JJC08082: alcoholic … genetic?…. and help?
Other than professional help and seeking out AA meetings, what can you do on your own to stop drinking alcohol? Also, what are the main signs of an alcoholic to you and is it generic?

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An alchololic will drink at any time, day or night – even first thing in the morning. Ongoing over months and years.

The only one who can really help them to stop is themselves. Others can advise, but that is all.

I`m not sure about your `generic` question – but yes, the sign of someone being an alcoholic are pretty common.

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6 Responses to “Alcohol Abuse Treatment: Alcoholic … Genetic?…. and Help?”

  • Pam R:

    You can not detox yourself, as alcohol is an addiction. There is some kind of pill the Dr.’s has used to help it.
    It is genetic gene.

  • Imagine ??:

    Yes it has been proven to be genetic and sometimes skips a generation. In order to quit drinking you have to really want to quit. There are many subtle signs that you can be an alcoholic, rationalizing a reason to drink is one, not drinking till a certain time of day is another, a hard alcoholic goes into DT’s and shakes without a drink. AA meetings don’t work for everybody, but AA can be a good support group if your having problems quitting. A lot of people there can give tips on how they handle it. So I would suggest just sitting in on a meeting or two. You don’t have to participate you can just listen and drink a soda or coffee. But likeI said they are a good support group if you need them.

  • Joe D:

    There is alcohol abuse, and more serious, alcoholism. The distinction is that a person who abuses alcohol but is not alcoholic, does not suffer withdrawal symptoms when they stop.

    Drinking anytime of the day is not prudent, but it is not necessarily a sign you are alcoholic. Alcoholics frequently cannot stop drinking until they are extremely drunk, and if they stop drinking, they usually suffer symptoms typical of any drug addiction withdrawal.

    Groups like AA are the most effective way to recover from alcoholism, but individuals can do it on their own: they can certainly try on their own.

    However, if you try to quit on your own repeatedly without success, joining a group may be the best answer.

    Last: there is a higher risk of becoming alcoholic if one of your parents is alcoholic.

  • jennw:

    You better believe its genetic. I lost my dad to liver disease in 2000. It’s something that my brother and I have both battled or most of our young adult lives.. I’ve never been to AA but I have been to ACA (adult children of alcoholics) a few times. I cant say that it helped that much.. it just took every ounce of will power I had, lots of prayer, and a determination to not die like that. I still struggle with it..I go months without drinking sometimes. But whenever I have that taste its sometimes a binge until I pass out, or sometimes a beer or two… I never really know how its going to affect me. There was a period that I drank every day of my life and I just thank God I got past that. Good luck to you..if you ever need someone to talk to send me an email.

  • GanjLove:

    I know I have a love for alcohol, at the age of 6 I took I sip of my dads beer and loved it,(alcoholism runs deep in both sides, all are in recovery) so I sneaked it from than on. At 14 I got drunk for the first time and knew that I was an alcoholic, because I loved it so much and realized I never wanted to stop. I haven’t stopped as of today. It’s just more under control.
    Genetic, YES.
    AA good but very hard
    An alcoholic likes to drink. The drink will keep am alcoholic awake until out. I believe as one that there are different degrees of alcoholism. That which will bring you down and destroy your life, and that which is a less obvious and life-destroying form of substance abuse. As long as you have your life together no one will notice .
    loved ones will notice and say something. but at that point you’re gonna know you’re an alcoholic.

  • raysny:

    Genetics may make you may be more prone to becoming an alcoholic, but you can’t become addicted until you regularly abuse alcohol over a period of time.I think that if a person does not exhibit physical withdrawal symptoms, they are a problem drinker rather than an alcoholic, but that is semantics, it is still a serious problem that needs to be dealt with.

    Most people, 80%, quit on their own without any type of program or treatment:

    “There is a high rate of recovery among alcoholics and addicts, treated and untreated. According to one estimate, heroin addicts break the habit in an average of 11 years. Another estimate is that at least 50% of alcoholics eventually free themselves although only 10% are ever treated. One recent study found that 80% of all alcoholics who recover for a year or more do so on their own, some after being unsuccessfully treated. When a group of these self-treated alcoholics was interviewed, 57% said they simply decided that alcohol was bad for them. Twenty-nine percent said health problems, frightening experiences, accidents, or blackouts persuaded them to quit. Others used such phrases as “Things were building up” or “I was sick and tired of it.” Support from a husband or wife was important in sustaining the resolution.”
    Treatment of Drug Abuse and Addiction — Part III, The Harvard Mental Health Letter, October 1995.

    If you feel you need some guidance, check out books by Jim Christopher, Stanton Peele, and/or Jack Trimpey. You can most likely find one of these authors in your local library.Or you may opt for online support:

    SOS:
    http://www.sossobriety.org/
    http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/sossaveourselves/

    SOSWomen:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SOSWomen

    SMART:
    http://www.smartrecovery.org/
    http://smartrecovery.org/SMARTBoard/

    LifeRing:
    http://www.unhooked.com/index.htm
    http://forums.delphiforums.com/lifering/start

    WFS:
    http://www.womenfor sobriety.org/

    RR:
    http://www.rational.org/

    All but RR have some face to face meetings, check the websites for more information.