Are you thinking of getting sober? Or wondering if you really have a problem? Have you taken the quiz? Have you read the definition of alcoholism? Have you Google “How do you know if you are an alcoholic?” Have you compared yourself to your friends, the ones that seem to drink way more than you and still seem ok? Have you ever woken up feeling ashamed and swore that you will never drink again?
If you are reading this than you have most likely struggled with alcoholism/addiction in some way. And if you are anything like me when I was trying to figure all this out, you have been looking for answers everywhere!
Most individuals with alcohol problems do not resolve to make a big change out of the blue or transform their drinking lifestyles overnight. Recovery is usually a more gradual process. In the early stages of change, denial is a huge obstacle. Even after acknowledging you have a drinking problem, you may make excuses and drag your feet. It’s important to acknowledge your ambivalence about stopping drinking. If you’re not sure if you’re ready to change or you’re struggling with the decision, it can help to think about the benefits of this choice. Maybe then you have at least been pondering the whole sober idea right?
Here is the deal:
Getting sober is hard:
- It is an everyday struggle not to drink in the beginning.
- It makes you face reality like never before.
- It makes you feel naked and alone at times.
- It makes you feel angry and jealous.
- You may feel like you are giving up everything.
- You will want to give up!
Living sober is easier:
- It will make your mind clear and your body healthy again.
- It will make you appreciate the reality.
- It will make you feel comfortable in your own skin.
- It will keep you balanced and serene.
- It will keep you happy and free.
- You will feel like you are gaining everything.
- You will want more!
And there is more! Here are The Promises from the 12 Step program literature.
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through.
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
Self-seeking will slip away.
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change… continue reading here.
We are not what we were, but we are what we become!
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