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There are thousands of treatment programs that will help turn you into an “alcoholic,” but only a handful that will accurately label your alcohol abuse for what it is and show you how to put it behind you.
According to the research presented at a Canadian conference four years ago, 85% of the people seeking help with alcohol problems are “alcohol abusers,” not alcohol dependent “alcoholics.” Yet 98% of the treatment programs demand that you “admit” to being an alcoholic who’s powerless or you’re castigated for being “in denial” and therefore in need of even more treatment.
Let’s see, that means you start off your “program” with a lie, and so do they, and this is supposed to lead to “being in recovery” but never recovered?
We’re not sure how that’s supposed to “work” but we do know that it doesn’t, and we know that that’s the outcome most treatment programs want. The “revolving door” treatment mill is the rule, after all, not the exception.
Even in the rare case where the owners and staff are sincere, they are still stuck with the AA model which again only recognizes you as either a self-confessed alcoholic or in denial.
That “works” if, like the lad in the following article, your goal is to become an alcoholic and justify your continued drinking as being powerless over alcohol. There is no better way to manage this than by embracing a 12 Step program.
Think about it – you get to hang out with the same people; your bartender becomes your sponsor; and your spouse can’t complain about you being missing in action because you are “working your program.” And you get to keep on drinking! Wow!
On the other hand, if you want to actually fix the problem, find some real intimacy, rejoin the world of “normies,” end an alcohol fixated life, and regain some self-respect, well that’s where we come in.
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Some years ago, when I lived on Kodiak Island, I was walking my dog on the beach one evening when I met a neighbor boy, who was about 14 years old, also out walking.
During the course of our conversation, I asked him what he planned on being when he grew up, expecting him to say commercial fisherman or he’d join the Coast Guard, the two most common Kodiak occupations.
Instead he said, “Oh, I’m going to be an alcoholic.”
“What?” was all I could say.
“Sure,” he said, “my mother is and my father is so I will be too.”
Let’s see, having alcoholic or alcohol abusing parents does up the odds a bit, but it’s no where near a one-to-one correlation. Even when children do follow their alcohol abusing parents into heavy drinking, it’s only a little bit genetic and mostly environmental. You learn by osmosis that that’s what you do with alcohol.
The Kodiak lad on the other hand has a 100% chance of following in his parent erratic footsteps. Why? Because he has created a self-fulfilling prophecy he is doomed to live out.
You too may be feeling doomed by early myths inculcated from your family, friends, or the world. But you aren’t doomed to keep on living the 12 Step myths that saturate our current culture.
Instead, you can get a grip, and get a life. Leave the alcohol obsessed to their own bucket of crabs.
To escape the bucket, just call and let’s us help you find the best route back to a happy life.