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Recovering From Alcoholism: Admitting I Have a Problem Was the Hardest Part

Recovering From Alcoholism: Admitting I Have a Problem Was the Hardest Part by Gordon Goad. Photograph of a shelf of liquor by Roberto Roman
Photograph by Roberto Roman

Recovery from alcohol addiction is possible — but first you need to admit that you have a problem

When I was drinking, I constantly lived my life under alcohol influence. My excessive alcohol consumption negatively affected my brain chemistry which eventually led to anxiety, cognitive impairment, and depression. Even when I thought my drinking was alright, my body was suffering from the negative effects of alcohol — as were my loved ones.

Alcoholism is a chronic brain disorder that affects people physically, emotionally, financially, socially, personally, and behaviorally. Accepting or admitting that you have a drinking problem should be the first step

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