First, please stop beating yourself up. You are not a failure because you haven’t been able to stop drinking on your own. This isn’t about a lack of willpower or the collapse of your determination. Part of your brain has been hijacked, but you can take it back!

Dependence on alcohol has many complex components that interact in amazingly elaborate and complicated ways. While each person’s experience with alcohol and story of becoming addicted is unique, everyone who becomes addicted shares a common condition.

Brain chemistry altered by
excessive alcohol consumption over time.

When someone occasionally drinks alcohol in moderation, the experience is generally relaxing and enjoyable. The changes that happen in the brains of those people are temporary.

However, when you begin to drink alcohol on a consistent basis, especially in larger quantities, your brain chemistry begins to change, making it more challenging to manage your pattern of drinking.