Alcoholism-Recovery means abstinence first, to live sober.
Alcoholism-Recovery requires getting a hold on your drinking. This can include getting help.
Alcoholism-Recovery really can offer the end of anguish and its pain.
Alcoholism-Recovery starts with abstinence, beyond the drinking cues, the emotional impulses, and the world’s powerful alcoholis triggers.
Addiction is a disease of the body, mind, and spirit. So, finding Sobriety means dealing with our entire self: body---mind---spirit. Because sobriety living sober requires a whole person.
But first, we need to understand what we mean by alcohol addiction. In fact, all Addictions, especially Alcoholism, as evidenced by consequences in our daily lives, proves to be any process over which we are powerless.
Addictive behavior, for example, the stages of alcoholism, is a process in which we continue to seek intermittent, unpredictable gratification, or some pleasurable reward. Often sought for anguish relief.
We’ve gotten to really needing that fix. Can’t live without it.
Immediate gratification is the infant’s response. Mama now. Addiction makes it our response.
Being an adult is to be able to postpone gratification. From saving for what we want, to waiting for sex.
We food addicts with our food addiction will trade a hug for a chocolate brownie. Food for love. Real love hunger. Food won’t fail us like another human might. We just won’t take the chance.
Of course, the brownie satisfaction is soon gone, but, the layers of fat aren’t. And we are back where we started, only in worse shape. Anguish and its desires are voracious.
Discover The Mind of The Addict.
Alcoholism Addiction isn’t the only substance abuse.
Many of us practice substance abuse in one form or another. Alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and food are the primary ones. Of course, there are others, glue, gasoline, antifreeze, and almost anything one can swallow.
Each substance brings its own special hell.
In addiction, and disastrously impacting getting help is the fact that an estimated fifty percent of us with substance abuse, alcohol and drugs primarily, also exhibit a mental illness.
Makes the helping process even more difficult or improbable all together.
Poor impulse control doesn’t help Alcoholism-Recovery either. That not postponing gratification, cute as it may seem in a small child, is disaster in an adult. This is so important because:
With signs of alcoholism or alcoholism symptoms, we may require professional treatment.
Of course, in any case we need our daily affirmations of sobriety. Abstinence is a must, for lasting sobriety. If we want to live sober.
In the end it is how “your” alcoholism or substance abuse, your addiction, affects you and your life and those in it with you.
Has your partner left yet? Police been by? How often? Got any money left? Addiction still a secret?
Can you still walk? Been hospitalized?
Arrested? DUI or jail time? Car taken by police?
Domestic violence? Restraining order on you?
Tried AA? Other help? If not, why not?
Help is there. Why not now. Now is always the right time.
In the stages of alcoholism, we found in the VA, that health is often the weakest motivator. Social and financial are usually the best motivators.
Threat of job loss. Job loss. Partner leaving. Heavy fines. Jail for DUI. These are more motivational. Sorta like the bottom of the barrel. “Hit Bottom?” Hell of away to go.
Yes, Sober Living is possible, and Now.
Why do we wait so long for help?
My lady neighbor is about four hundred fifty pounds. How do you get back from there?
Or from a DWI where physical injury or death is involved.
A local woman on her fourth DUI caused an auto accident killing one, with one waiting to die.