Alcohol addiction can manifest in different ways, from daily consumption to infrequent but intense binge-drinking sessions. Having a need to consume alcohol, in whatever manner or form, is one of the biggest signs that we have a drinking problem. This shows that the circumstances around our drinking have created patterns in our brain that are very difficult to resist, and they must be resisted with intention and effort. But if we don’t have the tools and support we need to identify and circumvent those patterns—and address the challenges that were temporarily alleviated by the alcohol in the first place—we can become stuck in the nightmare of addiction.
If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.
Their meetings used to take place discreetly in the basements of churches, a spare room at the Y.M.C.A., the back of a cafe. But when the pandemic hit last spring, members of Alcoholics Anonymous and other groups of recovering substance abusers found those doors quickly shut.
December 5, 2020 marks my eighth year of sobriety and I thought that, by this time, strong urges to drink would be in my past. And, by and large, they have been. As the years went on, I found myself thinking about it less and less. Then the pandemic came along.