Article provided by: Spring Gardens Recovery
It’s been more than 100 years since Bill and Bob wrote what we know today as the Big Book of Alcoholic’s Anonymous. During the past 100+ years, researchers, scientists, and a large field of other professionals have learned much about alcohol, alcohol dependency, its effects on the body and brain, and of course, the best treatments to help people overcome alcohol dependency. Still, in spite of more than a century of advancement, the same social stigma that existed in the late 1800s/early 1900s still exists today.
This reality is perhaps more perplexing than any aspect of alcoholism itself. Science has revealed much about alcohol abuse, but two things stand out:
1. Alcohol abuse creates alcohol dependency, which is a physical and psychological addiction (and addiction is a disease).
2. Alcoholism causes the brain to be rewired in such a way that it depends on alcohol for survival like it depends on oxygen for survival.
When a person has become physically dependent on alcohol, they can’t just stop using as many well-intending people may admonish them to do. Remember, the alcoholic brain has come to depend on alcohol (falsely nevertheless) for survival. Would you be able to just stop breathing if other people were telling you to do so? Of course, there is a difference between needing alcohol and needing oxygen, but to the alcoholic’s brain, there is no difference!
Not Much Has Changed in the Last 100 Years
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, society as a whole’s perception of alcohol dependency came from a place of misunderstanding and lack of compassion. Alcoholics were viewed as immoral, weak-minded, and weak-willed people. The information we have more than 100 years later wasn’t available then. Why then, do so many people still have the same attitudes, thoughts, and predispositions regarding alcohol dependency today that they did 100+ years ago?
Alcoholism is a disease. Would you view someone who had cancer as being weak-willed, immoral, or weak-minded? Or would you have compassion, patience, and empathy for them? Further, would you say to them, “If you don’t want cancer, then just stop having cancer!?” Of course not! Since we know from scientific proof that addiction to any substance is a disease (especially to alcohol), why would not have the same compassion knowing that the alcohol abuser is literally sick?
We Treat the Conditions that Cause Addiction
At Spring Gardens Recovery, this is our attitude towards alcohol dependency. We know that nobody woke up one day and said, “Gee, I think I want to be an alcoholic.” There are reasons why people become addicted to alcohol, and we believe that getting to the root and addressing the underlying causes of substance abuse and dependency is the only real way for an addicted person to achieve long-lasting sobriety.
If you are looking for an alcohol rehab in South Florida that understands the nature of the beast that we’re dealing with, choose Spring Gardens Recovery. We can help you put alcohol behind you, learn how to cope with urges to use, and start living up to your full potential. Call us. Freedom starts and Spring Gardens Recovery!