Well Being

“Might” Have A Problem?

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I'm going to have a bit of fun with this…

Alcohol Abuse And Dependence

“You might not realize that you have a drinking problem. You might not drink every day, or you might not drink large amounts when you do drink. You might go for days or weeks between drinking episodes. Many people say they are ‘social drinkers' because they do not drink every day. But even if you don't drink very often, it is still possible to be abusing alcohol and to be at risk for becoming addicted to it.

You might think you can quit drinking at any time. Many people who have alcohol problems do quit for periods of days, weeks, or even months before they start drinking again. But unless you can consistently keep your drinking under control and not fall back into unhealthy patterns, you need help.”

Social Drinkers???

You know what a social drinker is right? A social drinker is someone who goes to a bar, has two drinks and when the bartender asks “Would you like another?” the social drinker says “No! I'm starting to feel it!”

No! I'm starting to feel it?????

If you're like I am – you are not a social drinker! Feeling “IT” and then – NOT FEELING ANYTHING – was the whole point!

This article initially, to me, softens the “blow” for folks who have a problem with booze but ends very strongly. Notice how many times the author says you “might?” The HOW of beginning recovery is honesty, open-mindedness and willingness. Plus, I'll use my imagination, bring myself back to the way I used to think, take a look at this sentence “But unless you can consistently keep your drinking under control and not fall back into unhealthy patterns, you need help” and remember that thoughts like these were what sent me to a place where I was going to “prove” I didn't have a problem with booze. I'd be out there doing whatever I could to control my drinking not knowing it wasn't going to happen.

Though I say this in hindsight, had I been able to truly get honest with myself about the way I drank, I might have found myself getting help sooner. I'm fortunate that I did get help and now believe that I made it to AA exactly when I was supposed to and so will you, if you qualify. Try getting honest with yourself – perhaps your “exactly when you're supposed to moment” is around the next corner…

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