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If a Person Is in Recovery, Does That Mean They Can't Have Any Alcohol?

When a person reaches the stage of an alcoholic, the best way to help him is recovery. Very few people manage to deal with their alcoholism by themselves, at home, with support from books and other materials, and of course, with the help of friends and family. However, most of them need professional help, and that means going to a rehabilitation center. There they will get to participate into group and individual sessions of therapy, discuss about what made them drink in the first place, and they get help with dealing with the withdrawal symptoms.

Being in detox usually means taking some kind of medication to safely get off the alcohol, so they can’t drink any alcohol at all. If they try to reduce gradually the consumption of alcohol without help, it is a different thing, but most alcoholics can’t do that because the urge of drinking is just too big. In a rehabilitation center, they get medication to help them deal with the urge to drink, to help them with the withdrawal, which is very painful and hard to manage on their own. These medications will also prevent seizure and any withdrawal symptoms that can be dangerous for the person.

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Withdrawal symptoms usually make people start drinking again if not treated right, because they are in so much pain that the only way to stop it is to drink. So they drink again, and they can’t stop anymore without some professional help. Even so, the first days are terrible, because they still feel sick and until the body gets all the alcohol from the system and stops asking for more, they feel very sick. Drinking, even a bit, will mess with the recovery program, and everything will be in vain.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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