Podcast: Are we ever cured of alcoholism?

Bottles and glasses full of alcohol coming out of someone's head

April 7, 2021

By Andy F

Categories: Podcasts

Do we ever fully recover from alcoholism?

In Alcoholics Anonymous, most members announce themselves as ‘recovering’ alcoholics. There are also those who say they are ‘recovered’ alcoholics. Do alcoholics ever completely recover?

The threefold illness of alcoholism

There are several references in the AA Big Book. They describe alcoholism as a three-fold illness: Mental, physical, and spiritual. “For we have been not only mentally and physically ill. We have also been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome; we straighten out mentally and physically.” (BB Chapter Five “How It Works,” p.77 First edition)

‘Recovered’ alcoholics

What do AA members mean when they introduce themselves as recovered alcoholics? Are they just describing physical abstinence from alcohol? Perhaps they are implying that they have also overcome the mental and spiritual aspects of the illness.

Not cured.

In the Big Book, Bill Wilson makes the following radical statement. “We are not cured of alcoholism. What we have is a daily reprieve. It is contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.” (BB Chapter Six “Into Action” p. 97, First edition)

I hope you enjoy the podcast

In fellowship

Andy F

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