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Relapses are part of the recovery process: recovering alcoholic says.

Stephen, 32, a recovering alcoholic says relapsing in one’s journey from alcohol addiction is only part of the process and a conscious effort needs to be made to get back on the journey.

Stephen said this on the July 21 episode of Radio Angelus’ Standard Review Show.

Having stayed clean for three years, he recounted how he relapsed six times, and going back to the rehabilitation facility to seek help. He pointed out how the Ghanaian media environment is not enabling for the recovery process.

“The whole nation is a temptation, you switch on your TV and there are alcohol adverts all over,” Stephen said.

Alcohol addiction, according to him, starts from an experimental to a recreational stage which becomes problematic when it reaches a stage of abuse which when not controlled, turns into addiction. He therefore advised people against stigmatising addicts since the situation becomes psychological and spiritual, making it difficult for addicts to quit on their own.

Currently a volunteer at House of St Francis rehabilitation centre, Stephen is in final stages of organising a series of events for addicts of various vices. The events, dubbed ‘The Devil’s Workshop,’ will take place in Catholic Churches and other institutions in Accra.

The Standard Review Show is a weekly current affairs programme on Radio Angelus which reviews Catholic news and social issues relating to the Catholic faithful and beyond. It airs on Sundays at 1700hrs GMT.

BY: Ekow Boakye

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