Can an alcoholic recover without hitting 'rock bottom'?

I have heard it from many people who are not alcoholics ( and read opinions from'experts') that an alcoholic can only recover if they have hit rock bottom and lost everything. I am an alcoholic and have just stopped drinking whilst perched on the very edge of losing everything, but I am concerned that... show more I have heard it from many people who are not alcoholics ( and read opinions from'experts') that an alcoholic can only recover if they have hit rock bottom and lost everything. I am an alcoholic and have just stopped drinking whilst perched on the very edge of losing everything, but I am concerned that nobody seems to believe this is possible.

I cannot tell you how hard it is to admit this.

One of my uncles did it many years ago so am I right to say !*&%£$%! to the experts - I CAN do it!?
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