I am glad you found my piece helpful. I want to clarify one part however. You say that being sober doesn’t mean never drinking again but “never getting blind drunk.” Of course never getting blind drunk is an important part of sobriety. I do also fully believe that sobriety does not require total abstinence. That said “not getting blind drunk” is an awfully low hurdle to clear. For many addicts low level or social use is just as difficult a goal as total abstinence. It is critical to recognize just how hard this can be in practice. Getting blind drunk and getting fucking wasted but not blind drunk might be very similar experiences for the alcoholic. The ideal of total sobriety should never be used as an excuse for the reality of not achieving it. I cannot stress enough how important finding appropriate medical care is for any addict. The last thing I want is for a post like mine to be used as an excuse for why someone cannot be healthy.

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