I consider myself a miracle when it comes to alcoholism recovery. I was once diagnosed with chronic alcoholism, yet I have been sober since September 11, 1995.
So what qualifies me to develop a website about the subject of ALCOHOLISM RECOVERY? I’m not a medical doctor. I’m not a psychologist. I’m not certified in addiction medicine. But I am someone who knows a thing or two about the subject of alcohol addiction recovery – because I am living it.
As to the disease of alcoholism, I lived it from all different perspectives. I believe there is a genetic component involved here. Again, I don’t have the medical education or certifications to back up this belief. All I know is that I come from a long line of alcoholics. Although it would be interesting to know about the generations before in my family tree, I do know for certain about my immediate family members:
√ My paternal grandfather
√ My paternal grandmother
√ My maternal grandfather
√ My mother
√ My brother
√ And Me
All alcoholics. I am the only one on this list to seek help for recovery from alcoholism. DENIAL runs deep in my family. Incidentally, I am also the only one on this list still living. All died prematurely, either the direct or indirect result of this disease.
So is there a connection between genetics and alcoholism? Is it a hereditary disease? From the looks of my family tree, I would conclude that it is. If you disagree with the theory of genetic predisposition, it’s really of no consequence to me. You also may not agree that this is a true “disease”. That’s okay. Debating the nature of what it is or why people abuse substances to the point of dependence is not my goal in developing this website.
MY GOAL IS SIMPLY THIS: To be of help in whatever way I can by telling you my story of alcoholism recovery and NEW LIFE.
Please note: What I have written on these pages is not a substitute for professional medical advice. It only represents my individual experience with the disease of alcoholism and my ongoing alcoholism recovery. Look to a qualified healthcare provider for your individual medical situation. If you are struggling with alcoholism or know someone who is, you may consider me your online recovery coach. In turn, I will do my best to share my experience, strength and hope - and I will learn and grow myself in the process. That is the goal of these pages.
Check back often to monitor the progress!