I've heard it said that for alcoholics getting off the alcohol is only part of what has to be done. The other part is learning how to deal with the ups and downs of life, as not being able to deal with those things is what sends people to alcohol or another substance.
I was impressed to read in another thread that Buddhism succeeded for some Alcoholics where AA, the standard, failed.
What was it about Buddhism that made "you" better able to deal?
Was it using meditation to cut the tension? Was it becoming more aware of your thoughts and learning to see them as not you, just your thoughts?
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.