Your Reasons For Being An Alcoholic

What Causes Difficulty Recovering From Alcoholism?

In order to hopefully treat and prevent recurrence of difficulty recovering from alcoholism we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow difficulty recovering from alcoholism to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind difficulty recovering from alcoholism consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to difficulty recovering from alcoholism.  Here are five possibilities:
  • Pyroluria
  • DMAE Need
  • Low Serotonin
  • Liver Congestion
  • EFA 3 Need

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
metallic taste in mouth
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
liver/gallbladder cleanses help
chronic nausea
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
history of ovarian cysts
severe emotional instability
occasional unexplained nausea
cysts in breasts
significant diesel exhaust exposure
having a CFS diagnosis
... and more than 50 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of difficulty recovering from alcoholism:
Cause Probability Status
Pyroluria 92% Confirm
EFA 3 Need 15% Unlikely
Liver Congestion 5% Ruled out
Low Serotonin 0% Ruled out
DMAE Need 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate alcohol consumption, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
If you are an alcoholic but not fully recovered, which statement is most true?
Possible responses:
→ Not applicable / don't know
→ I don't want to quit
→ I am trying and it is not too difficult
→ I am trying, but am finding it difficult
→ I've tried, but gave up because it is too hard
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no desire to recover from alcoholism, being a recovering alcoholic or inability to recover from alcoholism, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement

Polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid deficiency may contribute to depressive symptoms in alcoholism, multiple sclerosis and postpartum depression.


When anxiety is a factor promoting the consumption of alcohol, Pyroluria should be investigated as a possibility.  As many as one-third to one-half of alcoholics have this genetic chemical imbalance.

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