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What Causes Alcoholism?
Researchers have not been able to prove that the underlying cause of alcoholism is nurture or nature. Many alcoholics, who have long term sobriety, have come to believe that it doesn’t matter. That’s because getting involved in a “blame game” is simply a diversion. It’s a common diversion used by many alcoholics to avoid admitting they’re an alcoholic.
Virtually every alcoholic plays a game of denial. It’s not uncommon for these denial games to last for decades. As long as the denial game goes on, the alcoholic avoids taking responsibility for their alcoholism. Until an alcoholic admits they have a problem with alcohol and their life has become unmanageable, there is virtually no hope treatment will work.
Michael P. Bogenschutz, MD
Michael Bogenschutz, MD is an addiction psychiatry specialist at NYU Langone and has been practicing for 30 years. He graduated from Harvard Medical S…Read More…
The question is how do some people make profound changes in their addictive behaviors…
– Michael P. Bogenschutz, MD
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