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January 20, 1940
THE EDITOR: Of great interest to the medical profession
is the new approach to a cure for chronic alcoholism developed
by alcoholics themselves.
physician has been confronted with the problem of the incurable
alcoholic. He who although sobered and apparently sane as
a result of medical aid suffers the usual and expected relapse
and returns to the physician or to the sanitarium for another
round of treatment. In his remorse he solemnly rejects alcohol
in any form. He then endures a short period of sobriety
and again returns to drunkenness.
are the last to admit their ability to "drink like
gentlemen," and therefore are prone to devise ways
and means, or systems for indulgence, which although inaugurated
with sincere intent at the time seem never to serve their
purpose. They act only as the forerunners to bigger and
chronic alcoholic seldom can be cured until he reaches a
point at which he admits his inability to cope with his
problem and has in addition a sincere desire to achieve
complete and lasting sobriety.
chronic alcoholic resents the efforts made by his relatives
and friends to help him. He feels they do not understand
him nor his problem. But when he talks to people who themselves
have been drunkards he realizes that these people do understand
for they have had the same personal experiences.