Alcoholism or alcohol addiction is a chronic disease that destroys hundreds of thousands of lives each year, destroying relationships and tearing families apart. Ixande Drug Rehabilitation Center in Cape Town has quite possibly the best alcohol rehab South Africa. Ixande is a world renowned addictions treatment centre that is home to some the most qualified addictions specialists in the country. Ixande is a drug rehab in Cape Town provides treatment for gambling addiction, alcohol addiction, sex addiction, drug addiction and co-dependency. Ixande has built up a reputation as being one of the best drug rehabs in Cape Town and is an extremely popular choice for overseas clients, especially for clients from the United Kingdom and Holland that are seeking top quality treatment for drug and alcohol addiction at affordable prices.
One of the biggest problems with alcohol addiction is that alcohol is a legal substance, obtainable anywhere and is socially acceptable. A large majority of people that suffer from alcoholism are never ever diagnosed and treated for it. In 2012 it was estimated that more than 17 million adults in the United States were undiagnosed alcoholics. There are many obvious physical side effects of being a regular drinker, slurred speech, impaired judgement, vomiting, blackouts. Longer term effects include, liver damage, unintentional injuries like burns, falls, car accidents, crime and domestic violence. Alcohol abuse wreaks havoc on interpersonal relationships and families, often children suffer the most at the hands of alcoholic parents. Ixande rehab in Cape Town have many years of history in treating people suffering from alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling and sex addiction.
Not so long ago, people who suffered from chronic alcoholism were placed into mental asylums by their families as a last resort or in some cases frontal lobotomies were performed. There just seemed to be no way to manage the chronic alcoholic. Then in 1935 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was founded by Bill W. and Dr Bob. Bill Williamson was a man who had struggled most of his life with alcoholism, ruining a great career on Wall Street and failing to graduate from Law school because of his drinking problem. In later years Wilson met up with Dr Bob Smith in Akron Ohio and between the two of them the seeds of Alcoholics Anonymous were planted. The two of them began a writing the AA Big Book which contains the famous 12 Steps. The 12 Steps are :
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
These 12 steps form the backbone of Alcoholics Anonymous and have helped millions of alcoholics around the world achieve and maintain sobriety. The steps were subsequently adapted and incorporated by many other 12 step fellowships, starting with Narcotics Anonymous.
Thanks to the tireless pioneering work by Bill W. and Dr Bob, a workable solution to alcoholism was finally available to alcoholics. A recent survey shows that there are over 110 000 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in existence in countries all around the world.