It dawned on me the other day that not everyone in my life understands that alcoholism is a progressive, fatal disease. If I'm not careful and diligent about my recovery, I will lose my freedom, sanity and eventually my life. I wouldn't be sober today if I didn't believe that full heartily.
I shared my frustration with an old timer (someone who has been sober like forever) and she said "They just don't understand and most of them never will, stop trying to make them." I love old timers, always blunt and to the point.
You may find that many of your friends and family member will not understand your disease, at least not right away. That's why you'll read on here over and over again that face to face contact with other alcoholics is super important. It makes you feel less alone, to know you are understood. And I believe that without it you'll stay in the problem, instead of getting into the solution.