There is never a perfect time to quit, so stop waiting.
Most of us waste a lot of years waiting for the right moment, person, job, or other external change to come along and make it easy to quit drinking.
Or we wait for that outside event, the DUI, the failed liver function test, the departing spouse, or some other crisis we’ve harbored as the percipitating signal that it’s time to dry out.
You don’t need to wait. And you don’t need “externals”.
You do need to recognize that you only need to change yourself and the rest will follow.
That is, of course, a taller order than many of us are prepared to place.
Which is why our program and practice exist – to help you fill that order effectively, efficiently, confidentially, personally, and permanently.
And again, you don’t need to wait for anyone or anything else. You just need to decide it’s time to quit putting it off and call.
Remember, the sooner you call the easier it will be!
Another Reader Request –
“Your experience in Alaska is very intriguing, and I’d like to know more about how people entertained themselves and kept their community going while being so isolated. I think there’s a book in this–or at least a series of very interesting articles. Please consider saying more about it.”
I sent over 20 years in rural Alaska – the “Bush” – and learned a lot about avoiding alcohol abuse while being surrounded by it. This was particularly true during the 5 years I spent in the dying gold mining town of Rampart on the upper Yukon.
During my years there, 1972-77, Rampart had a summer population of about 100 that dropped to about 55 after Labor Day. These included the 13 students who attended the K-12 one room school I operated there.
The adult population mostly consisted of serious, and sometimes terminal, alcohol abusers.
So how did I avoid joining them in a community without communications (no phones, TV, or radio), roads, restaurants, social outlets or organizations, and a high degree of isolation?
Mostly because I was busy and dedicated to providing my students woth an education and at least one place where they were safe from drunks.
What did I learn about avoiding or ending alcohol abuse?
First, get busy living your life, not being a spectator. In addition to operating the school (being the teacher, principal, custodian, cook, and maintanance man) I explored the countryside by sno-go, dog team, and snowshoes. I built a greenhouse and planted gardens. In the summers, I panned gold with the last of the old prospectors and commercially fished salmon.
No matter where you live it is possible to live an active life. You are not doomed to drink and watch TV and life as a spectator.
Second, I was always prepared for the long winter with a good supply of reading materials and at least one project. When it’s 50 below zero and there’s only a few hours of daylight you’d better be able to occupy and entertain yourself.
What did I do? I read a lot, usually 100 books or so between November and April. I also had my work of course but the projects helped too. I restored an Old Town canoe, built a kayak, overhauled a diesel generator and so on. Today, across from my desk, a rack holds a hand stitched quilt that took over 5 winters to complete.
What’s the message in all of this? Live your life actively. Plan. Learn. Prepare. Reflect.
It’s no surprise that that’s a lot of what we do with you. We’ll help you develop the plans, supports, and systems for building a very satisfactory alcohol free life.
There’s Really Nothing More Powerful Than The Words We Use.
We suggest you watch This Video and consider how you can change how you talk to yourself and about yourself and how this can help change your life.
Please remember that only you can turn yourself into a “powerless alcoholic”. And that we’re here to help you become a powerful ex-alcohol abuser!