As a recovering alcoholic for 4 years and a guy that lived as an active alcoholic for 14 years, I know the difference between living with an addiction and fighting an addiction.
The first step to my life as a recovering alcoholic was acceptance. It took me several years to accept that I was an alcoholic and needed help. I was convicted of a DWI in 2003 year and ended up in jail, work-house and on house-arrest for an extended amount of time and it took that to get me to treatment the first time. I still didn’t understand the difference between living as an alcoholic and fighting alcoholism everyday. I now live as a recovering alcoholic 7 days a week / 365 days a year and it is because I know how to accept alcoholism as part of me.
The difference between living as a recovering alcoholic and a ‘dry-drunk’ is understanding how being in active recovery can provide you tremendous character strengths and self-awareness.