In looking back at my own drinking history I can clearly see that much of my drinking was a vain effrot to self medicate depression and anxiety. My experience has always been that it does work in the short term but in the long run only serves to make these conditions worse. In my case I can’t really say for sure which came first, the alcoholism or the depression and anxiety. As I don’t attend AA I don’t know if they address these issues or not, but they do seem very interwoven with the disease of alcoholism. Could this be the reason for the high relapse rates? If a person just quits drinking and the anxiety and depression come back full force the chances of a relapse become very high. Does AA even address any of these issues or is it just sobriety focused?