Addiction Management for Alcohol: For and Against
There are advantages and disadvantages to most proposals, and it is our responsibility not only to tell you what’s good about Addiction Management but to point out possible reasons for choosing not to do it. Then, you will make an educated decision.
What’s good about it is perhaps self evident. It puts you in control of your drinking, immediately, in a way that doesn’t involve pain or make you feel deprived, so what’s not to like?
Well, we can think of two things you might want to consider. The first is that if you are looking for a rehab programme that is going to help you to resolve all of your drinking issues, which of course includes the complex psychological reasons you became a heavy drinker to start with, that’s not what we do. Addiction Management is a tool, a powerful one but still just a tool. It does exactly what it says on the tin, which is to bring your physical craving under your control. If you are receiving help with the life issues that make you drink too much, you will need to continue that programme alongside your Addiction Management (which is, of course, going to make the whole thing much easier). If you are not getting psychological support, do consider that alongside your Addiction Management, because now it won’t be undermined by the constant physical nagging for a drink.
The other issue we want you to bear in mind is that Addiction Management is not a ‘cure’ for alcoholism (although if you do want to stop drinking completely managing your addiction so well is obviously a game-changer). Its main function is to help those people who drink too much and want to be able to drink without it taking control of them. This is why it’s called Addiction Management, not addiction stopping (or something like that).
If you want to stop drinking completely, then Addiction Management will of course help you, but if, more likely, you just want to manage your alcohol intake, do accept that you may need to continue with Addiction Management long-term. And there will of course be a cost, because you will need to order more of your Positive Factor(s) for as long as you want to control your drinking. (This might not actually be true. You might find that managing your drinking leads you to stop drinking, but that is unknowable at the start.) What we’re saying here is that there will be a financial cost for long-term Addiction Management. It will be very much less than if you were still a hard drinker, but even so this might be part of your calculation.
If, say, you are drinking wine at a cost of £7 a day, which is £210 a month, and your Positive Factor refill for wine, at £25, lasts you, say, a month (which is purely a guess because we don’t know how often you will use it) then there is clearly a major saving. Bear in mind, though, that for each alcoholic substance you drink you will need a separate Positive Factor refill, each costing £25.