So many good insights here, so let me add my own. My father nearly killed himself drinking- Dr said if I had found him just a few hours later, it would have been too late. He's sober 9 years now. My mother did kill herself with it. Here's a few of the most important lessons I learned hanging around the AA meetings.... Alcoholism is only a symptom of greater ills. You can be clean and/or sober and still sick. (Dry drunk) While it's important to stop the addiction behavior for your physical health (like staying alive), to reach true recovery, you have to find peace, mentally and emotionally. There's not a doubt in my mind that TMS and addiction are one in the same. Different manifestations of the same problem.