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I have found that there are as many kinds of alcohol addiction as there are alcoholics. We each have to find what works for us. I have always been independant in my approach to anything so I found attending group to be a little uncomfortable.

After saying that, I still think that your best chance of beating this thing is to get into the AA program. That will usually mean going to meetings. For some people it will mean going to meetings until the day they die. For people like me, until you get a good grasp on how to work the program without active participation in regular meetings. No matter how academic you are it will take some time to truly understand how the steps work and it is easier for us to have others helping us along the way. The great thing about the AA program is that it can actually be very flexible in how you do the program, but not in doing the steps. It does not work if you skip certain steps because you don't want to do it. Any two people can make a meeting. In fact, I regard this noticeboard as being a meeting. I can communicate with others who have the same goal. It is also a time when I can think about 'how I am doing'.

I think the worse thing you can do is to roam around the house all night, gnawing on the furniture, thinking about having the drink you can't have. Eventually your will power is going to give up on you. I found whenever I got into that state of mind I put on an AA tape or read some literature. The other thing was to go to a meeting and drink some coffee and listen to some stories. I always hated going but I also felt better leaving the meeting. As they say, "A drunk alone is in bad company". Don't just sit there thinking about it take a positive step and do something.

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