Posts Tagged ‘addictions’

teacherAn estimated 43% of U.S. adults have had someone related to them who is presently, or was, an alcoholic.

That statistic comes from “Alcoholism Information and Statistics” online, and I think that percentage is too low.  Quite frankly I don’t know of anyone in my circle of friends who has been untouched by alcoholism.

18 million Americans currently battle alcoholism.

7 million minors in the U.S. live with an alcoholic mother or father.

And on and on we go. The statistics are seemingly endless and they are always frightening.

Alcoholism kills!  Alcoholism destroys families!

There is no instant cure for alcoholism.  There is no magic elixir that will make all the pain go away and repair all the damage that has been done to family emotions and trust.

Ending the horrors of alcoholism requires a willingness to do the ugly work. It requires rolling up your sleeves, strapping on your work shoes and doing whatever is necessary to beat back the demons.

Are you willing to end the cycle of destruction? Are you willing to take responsibility and turn your life around?

The choice is yours and yes, you definitely have a choice.

If you want to take the first step, contact me and let’s chat.  Whenever anyone, anywhere reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA to always be there, and for that I AM RESPONSIBLE!


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much younger daysFor some alcoholics, the long struggle has ended.  By whatever means, whether it be by treatment or AA or hypnosis, they have found sobriety and now they are starting a sober life.

Life is good again and they are picking up the pieces of their shattered lives and embracing this living thing once again.  They start interacting with people again and that can be a sticky wicket.

Most of us have caused some damage during our drinking careers.  We may have lied to others.  We may have cheated and stolen money, and we have most certainly broken trust that others had in us.

Simply because we are now sober does not mean that there isn’t damage control to be done.  We have to earn back the trust that we lost while drinking.  Some people will instantly embrace us and forgive.  Speaking for myself, I have had people who simply will not forgive me and that is understandable.  Others have accepted me with open arms and now look at me with respect and admiration.

Remember as you begin your sober lives that it is your job to ask forgiveness and then start walking your talk.  Respect must be earned.  It is not given freely, especially to those of us who have shattered that respect while we were drinking.

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I am one month away from six years of sobriety, and as I have a habit of doing, I was reflecting on those six years and how far I have come…..and how far I will fall if I ever decide to stop this sober lifestyle.

Yes, I said decide, because that is what it comes down to:  we make a conscious choice to fall off the wagon and relapse.  Nobody pours that magic elixir down our throats; that is our choice completely.  It has nothing to do with whether or not your wife is a bitch or your husband is an asshole.  It has everything to do with whether or not you want to live a sober life.

Today, living sober is very easy.  I literally never think of drinking, and that statement comes from a person who, six years ago, was about one day away from dying.  I could not stop drinking, and I had become so weak, and my blood pressure so low, that I would not have lasted much more than another day.  I was not a functioning human being.

Today, six years later, I have everything to live for, and alcohol is nothing more than a reminder to me of how far I have come and how far I can fall.

Yes, I live a sober lifestyle!  I have surrounded myself with sober people.  I have surrounded myself with caring and compassionate and moral people.  I do not go to slippery places, and I work on my spirituality daily.

I have, in fact, returned to the person I was before alcohol entered the picture forty years ago, and I like that person today…..no….I love that person today!

And so will you, but first you must be willing!

May you find peace and happiness, as I have!

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