To maintain sobriety (in its broadest context: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) a person seeking to halt addictive behavior must accept that “putting down the substance,” removing the alcohol (or any abusive practice: sex, gambling, food, drugs, shopping,raging, etc.) is necessary to halt the progression of addiction and addictive behavior. It is the foundation upon which a person can begin to cleanse the body and the mind of the substance and the impact of that substance on the body. It is the first step in halting the progression of addiction.
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