What factors are required for a patient with alcoholism to make a successful recovery?

Updated: Mar 23, 2020
  • Author: Warren Thompson, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Successful recovery requires the patient to be able to do the following:

  • Learn to say no to drinking in social situations.

  • Handle heavy-drinking friends who will try to undermine the patient's sobriety.

  • Handle stress. (Patients should not ignore symptoms of anxiety.)

  • Avoid boredom. (Prior to recovery, patients spent a great deal of time drinking or recovering from drinking. Upon abstinence, patients will have more free time.)

  • Learn to get along again with family and close friends. (Family problems often increase when drinking stops.)

  • Identify other situations that can lead to drinking and develop ways to cope with them.

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