My experience with alcohol use disorder treatment

January 4, 2022

Matthew first realized he needed help with his alcohol use during his late 20s. He was drinking daily, he says, and recognized that he was using alcohol as a way to bury problems in his life. 

But taking the step to access treatment wasn’t easy. 

“I had concerns about people knowing I was an alcoholic,” he says. He says he was also afraid that once he started treatment he would need to immediately start talking about all the challenges in his life that were behind his drinking. Treatment including medication and counselling have been key in his recovery. 

“I’m growing. I’m 43 years old and I’m such a different person than I used to be. Here I am, I’m alive and happy. I’ve never been this happy,” he says.
 

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