Hello everyone. I am a single mother from Jamaica and I would just like to tell you a little about my self recovery from alcohol addiction. I grew up in a community where smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol were social norms, my father was and still is addicted to crack cocaine. Whenever I visited him , he would give me marijuana to smoke but I did not become addicted as I despise the taste of it and I could not tolerate the smoke. My addiction to alcohol was related to the stresses of life which I thought I could not handle on my own well, whoever said alcohol was man's best friend? I turned to alcohol for comfort as it would allow me to fall asleep, but then I would wake up to be facing the same problems anyway. This was all before I became pregnant with my baby girl and was working in bars, something I totally despised. One day after recovering from being drunk, I realized that I was becoming addicted and I remembered my father and what drug addiction did to him and our family. Addiction in any sort is no good, so I used that as my motivator, I also thought about the money I was spending on liquor and realized it would benefit me to save it all. It is easier for some, than others to break the habit. I would say it was somewhat easy for me as I just focused on me and the negative ways which my alcohol abuse had impacted my life. It took me four months to fully recover, as I started to reduce my intake until I just wanted it no more. To free oneself from substance abuse, we have to look deep in ourselves and realize the effects of our addiction and start working on them immediately. Try to confide in a friend, someone who will support you through recovery and remember it is always easier to talk to strangers or a professional counselor about substance abuse. Many persons fear talking to relatives or even close friends which they know personally because of the fear of being judged. I always choose online support groups as I can disclose anything without being scrutinized.