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Can an alcoholic ever drink again?

Port of Call knows that addiction is an illness and that abstinence is paramount to a successful recovery from alcoholism.

In reality, those who have been able to quit drinking altogether only to return to moderate drinking at a later date, may not have been alcoholics in the first place.

Chances are, such people were alcohol abusers or binge drinkers. Although this is often the gateway to a serious addiction to drink, neither necessarily constitute to being an alcoholic.

The end goal of undergoing alcohol rehabilitation is to help someone to stop drinking. The objective of abstinence is similar. Through cutting out alcohol entirely, a life free from addiction can be achieved.

It may help to take a look at the community sections of both Alcoholics Anonymous and UK Smart Recovery for examples of how cutting out alcohol entirely has helped alcoholics move on with their lives.

Rest assured, our team of highly trained and dedicated professionals are on hand to guide you or your loved one through life after rehab. Take a read of our aftercare section to find out more.

Drinking again: Is it worth it?

This is such an important question to ask, and an essential one to answer. There are cases of recovering alcoholics being sober for a certain length of time, and rewarding themselves with a drink.

Is it worth it? Absolutely not. The following questions should be answered before making such a decision:

  • Do the possible repercussions outweigh the ‘reward’?
  • Could the habit be retriggered?
  • Will those closest be disappointed?
  • Is there a fear of never becoming sober again?

If the answer to any of the above is ‘yes’, then maintaining abstinence from alcohol is essential.

In a previous Port of Call blog, we discussed the effects of alcohol dependency syndrome. Upon reading the symptoms involved, it further reinstates how becoming sober requires diligence to removing yourself from situations where alcohol is present.

Slipping back into old habits just isn’t worth it. If you, or a loved one, are struggling in fear of turning to drink again – speak with someone as soon as possible. That someone can be a family member, a friend or a colleague. We encourage you to contact our free to call helpline on 08000029010 if you need to speak to someone confidentially or immediately.

Abstinence v Controlled Drinking

If you’re reading this blog, the chances are you have asked yourself whether drinking in moderation is an option for you.

As people who have overcome addiction ourselves, recovering alcoholics shouldn’t ever drink again. The possible cons far outweigh the pros and years of dedication can be undone much too quickly.

Take a look at our Road to Recover below for some inspiring stories of those who, with the help of Port of Call, are enjoying life after addiction.

An honest evaluation of the level of drinking prior to recovery treatment is essential, and can ascertain whether it is safe to drink in moderation or not.

Becoming comfortable at social events 

At some point, when asking “can an alcoholic ever drink again”, the thought of attending social events while others are drinking will have cropped up. We get it, we really do. The thought of going to a party, christening, wedding or any other gathering can be a daunting one.

Attending self-help groups is a great way of addressing such concerns, and you can hear that others have had these same thoughts previously. As ever, it is better to talk to someone than to keep pressing thoughts bottled up and seek comfort in old, harmful habits.

The key is to take pride in what you have overcome. You are no longer someone dependent on alcohol. No longer someone who approaches social events with trepidation and worry.

The guys over at Club Soda provide an excellent community for people to give up alcohol without feeling out of place.

After all, it is time to celebrate becoming rid of the disease that is alcoholism, as we touch on below.

Discover the joy of being alcohol free

Can an alcoholic ever drink again: Life after recovery

Escaping addiction presents an opportunity to take care of yourself better. At the time, abusing alcohol and binge drinking may feel comforting, but it can cause devastating effects on you and those closest to you.

Sobriety offers those in recovery a real chance to experience a level of joy that may not have seemed possible. Don’t just take our word for it, watch the video in our Port of Call recovery stories blog and find out for yourself. The visible happiness and pride truly is inspiring.

So, can an alcoholic drink again? Our answer is a resounding NO. There is so much positivity in becoming sober. Once comfortable with all of the above, it is time to move onto a…

Life without alcohol

For a recovering addict, a life without alcohol can result in increased energy levels, boosted mental ability, improved social skills, decreased stress levels and weight loss.

There are countless positives associated with giving up drinking, particularly for a recovering alcoholic.

When people become sober, they can resume working towards their dreams and ambitions.

In life, there may well be failures along the way but, with alcohol no longer a stumbling block, those who have successfully recovered are in a much better place to be able to deal with life’s setbacks.

About the author: Martin Preston

Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.

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