Addiction Recovery and Alcohol Substance Abuse

Many individuals who find themselves addicted to alcohol feel as if they have no control.   They follow the addictive impulses and habits of drinking everyday.  They feel powerless and unable to break the cycle.  However, it is possible to overcome any addiction, including alcohol.   One is not powerless to past behavior and impulses but can a play a true role in overcoming this type of addiction.  Substance Abuse Counseling and support groups or one way individuals can face addiction and help with recovery.

Overcoming addiction is a choice and life style. Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Program and see if it meets your needs


The article, “Alcohol Addiction: A Rational View to Change Your Life” by Michael Edelstein looks closer at how individuals can overcome alcohol addiction.   He discusses many misconceptions regarding addiction and drinking.  In many cases, individuals label themselves or feel as a failure, but he reassures everyone that they do a play an active role in their recovery.   He furthermore lists a cognitive thinking skill others can apply when they feel the urge to drink. He states,

You are powerless. This means you’re compelled to drink. This would be true if someone forced you to drink at the point of a gun. Then, we may say you’re powerless. But under normal circumstances, you’re a free agent with free will. You can choose to use or choose not to use. Addiction is a choice.

He continues…”There is no evidence I must escape this discomfort. Drinking may feel good for the moment but will surely feel really bad later. There is no “must” commanding me to drink, all musts are a figment of my imagination. I don’t have to act on it.”

Alcohol Addiction: A Rational View to Change Your Life. Michael Edelstein, PhD.  Psychology Today.  August 18th, 2022

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Addiction is a complex phenomenon that is characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite negative consequences. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disorder that is associated with changes in brain circuitry that underlie impaired control over behavior. Individuals with addiction often report feeling unable to control their use of substances or engagement in behaviors, even when they are aware of the harmful consequences. The development of addiction is thought to be a result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

In particular, drinking has its own addictive issues.  Alcohol addiction is a serious problem that can lead to a number of negative consequences. If someone is struggling with alcohol addiction, it is important to seek professional help. Alcohol addiction can cause physical and mental health problems, and it can also lead to financial and relationship problems. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol addiction, please seek help from a professional.

One problem with drinking is the fact it is a social practice.  This leaves an individual in the constant shadow of individuals drinking or viewing beer commercials without notice.  Because it is an acceptable practice in society, many individuals find constant temptation to fall or relapse back into drinking.

Alcohol Recovery

The process of recovering from alcohol addiction can be a long and difficult one. There are many different aspects to recovery, including physical, psychological, and social. The first step in recovery is usually detoxification, which can be a difficult and uncomfortable process. After detoxification, the individual will need to work on rebuilding their life and making healthy choices. This can include things like therapy, support groups, and 12-step programs.

The 12 step program is a set of guidelines that are designed to help individuals suffering from addiction. The program is based on the belief that addiction is a disease that can be effectively treated by following these 12 steps. The steps include admitting that you have a problem, admitting that you are powerless over your addiction, and making a commitment to change your life. Other steps involve taking a moral inventory of yourself, making amends for your past actions, and adopting a new way of life.  The original twelve steps were developed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a method of recovering from alcoholism.

Family members can help the addicted.  The alcoholic is likely experiencing a great deal of shame and guilt related to their alcoholism, which can make it difficult for them to seek help. As a result, the he or she may need support in order to begin the process of seeking treatment. Additionally, the he or she may need assistance in managing the financial and practical aspects of treatment, as well as emotional support throughout the process.

Unfortunately, sometimes relapse can occur.  A relapse is a return to drug or alcohol use after a period of sobriety. This can happen after days, weeks, or even years of being clean and sober. A relapse can be triggered by a number of factors, including stress, anxiety, boredom, and feeling isolated from others. People who are in recovery from addiction are at risk for relapsing, and it is important for them to have a support system in place to help them stay on track.  Relapse does not mean one is a failure or that all the hard work is ruined, but shows that recovery is a life long process.


In conclusion, addiction is a serious problem that plagues many people. It is important to get help if you or someone you know is struggling with addiction. There are many resources available to help those who are struggling. With the right help, addiction can be overcome.  Substance Abuse Counseling is an excellent way to fight addiction as well as support groups.

Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Substance Abuse Counseling.  After completion of the required courses, one can then apply for the four year certification.


Additional Resources

“Neurocircuitry of Addiction” George F Koob & Nora D Volkow. Neuropsychopharmacology volume 35pages217–238 (2010).  Access here

“Alcoholism”.  American Addictions Center.  Access here

“Alcohol use disorder”. Mayo Clinic Staff. Mayo Clinic.  Access here

“What is addiction?. Adam Felman. Medical News Today. June 3rd, 2021.  Access here