Alcoholism addiction is a disease. It requires different treatment methods both externally and internally to achieve remission from it. Some people may tell you they’ve been successful quitting drug use on their own, but that is the exception, not the norm. Most addicts who achieve long-term sobriety are able to do so with quality treatment and the help of highly credentialed professionals who are knowledgeable about alcohol detox.
You might not realize that alcoholism is a complex problem. It affects your brain chemistry, and your sheer will power. The moments of clarity we get are not enough to stop drinking or using. When a person becomes used to and addicted to drinking alcohol, the chemistry in your brain changes over time to make it nearly impossible to stop using without experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. When an addict takes their drug of choice, their brain releases dopamine, which is a “feel-good” neurotransmitter. Over time, your tolerance also increases leading to increased amounts of use, and in some cases needing to use to feel normal.