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The Controversy of Kombucha

If you’ve heard of, or maybe you’re a loyal consumer of the fizzy, bottled drink that has taken health nuts by storm, you may want to listen up. Kombucha is a fermented sweet tea whose proponents boast a wealth of health benefits, including probiotics. It sounds like a perfectly healthy drink for everyone, except for the fact that those sold in grocery stores can have a trace amount of alcohol.

A trace amount sounds harmless, right? The answer to this is a personal one. Some people in recovery drink kombucha daily, whereas others don’t want to risk their sobriety by giving it a try. Drinking just a small amount of alcohol is a slippery slope for a real alcoholic, and the cost/benefit of doing so should be weighed carefully. In addition to the kombucha commonly sold in grocery stores containing a trace amount of alcohol, there are also varieties that contain much more. A word to the wise, some of the high-octane kombucha packs more alcohol than wine.

It is not uncommon for a person to relapse on something that they have convinced themselves isn’t actually alcohol (or their drink of choice for that matter). Someone might find themselves looking longingly at a bottle of 13% alcohol kombucha and convince themselves it’s different because it has probiotics. The choice is personal, but it’s important to be aware of the tricks our brains will play in order to bring back the addiction.

Regardless of what side of the coin you are on, it’s safe to say that anytime you’re uncertain about drinking something that could reignite your addiction, you should be careful. It may not happen today or tomorrow, but once alcohol is reintroduced to our bodies, the craving bell has been rung. If you are going to drink it, be sure the alcohol is a trace amount or less. Some may say that you should reset your sobriety date while others disagree. Only you can honestly say where your recovery is and whether that involves kombucha, near beer or anything else is up to you. If you want to stop using or drinking, we can help. Give us a call, and we’ll get you started on a new path in recovery.

The Serenity Recovery Center stands as a landmark of the Encino Hospital Medical Center offering the best of detox. Committed to providing comfort and care, our private detox program supports the first foundational steps of sobriety. Contact us today for information: 866.294.9401