Side Effects of Giving Up Alcohol
Side effects of giving up alcohol.
These include physical shivers and shakes and psychological cravings. All these symptoms can be managed gently with experienced addiction specialist care.
The appropriate treatment is the continuing use of the Twelve Step programme of Alcoholics Anonymous. This prevents a recurrence of the illness of alcoholism and addiction. A chronic illness needs a chronic treatment, in exactly the same way as short sight or diabetes require continuing treatment. There is no ‘magic fix’ treatment for alcoholism, however much patients may want it and however much some therapists may offer it.
There is no shortage of therapists who claim to have found the secret cure. Sadly there are so many of them that none of them holds the ultimate key. The reason for that is that recovery has to be a continuing process, worked on from the inside by each individual patient. Therapies of one kind or another can contribute valuable insights but none can cure. Even the Twelve Step programme of Alcoholics Anonymous is not curative. It has to be worked, one day at a time, for life. In that circumstance the long-term side-effects of giving up alcohol are stupendously beautiful.