Alcoholics anonymous labels people who don’t follow their 12 steps to recovery a dry drunk. They also label people who quit their meetings or simply don’t attend them a dry drunk. Dry drunks believe they can stop drinking by themselves without any help from others. Alcoholics need help from others in order to understand why they are drinking in the first place. Alcoholics started drinking because they couldn’t find a positive way to deal or cope with life in general.
Dry Drunks and Recovery
When a dry drunk realizes they need extra help besides not drinking they are on the road to recovery. I believe that there are many different forms of recovery its just finding one or more that fits them. One form is in a treatment center. Treatment centers have people dry out or stop drinking. Treatment centers use group counseling and one on one counseling to work on positive coping skills and assist with personal problems. Most people who go to detox or treatment centers usually only stay for less than a two week period due to the high cost associated with them. Alcoholics need more help than detox alone and or treatment centers alone to achieve recovery. Another form of treatment would be to see a Psychiatrist.
Psychiatrists are doctors who help with mental health illness like depression with anti psychotic drugs. Most people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs have some form of mental illness which needs to be addressed. Finally there are self help groups like alcoholics anonymous. Alcoholics Anonymous is a free support group in which alcoholics gather to give advise and help each other out. Alcoholics anonymous has a big book which also teaches valuable information about recovery. In their group its important to follow the 12 steps to recovery. The alcoholic has to complete the first step before going to the second and so on. Alcoholics anonymous believes that if the alcoholic does the 12 steps in a row and attends daily or weekly meetings they can remain sober and continue to be in recovery. I don’t believe they have to be completed in a row or all have to be completed because some of the steps won’t apply to every personal situation. Its also very important to note that recovery is a thought process that an alcoholic needs to focus on for the rest of their lives so they don’t go back to their old ways of thinking and coping with life.