Unfortunately, alcohol abuse affects the lives of thousands of people throughout America. Alcohol dependency often leads to serious health complications, difficulty maintaining a job, strained relationships, and financial issues. Because alcohol dependency is a physical as well as a mental disorder, the road to recovery is often long and challenging and requires an abundance of willpower, fortitude, and dedication. Although alcoholism can be managed and treated, it can never be completely eradicated. Many people do succeed in staying sober for the rest of their lives, but they have to remain vigilant.