September 26, 2008

Higher Power??

HeavenIf you are traveling along the alcohol highway, my suggestion is to truly turn your ‚??will‚?Ě over to a higher power, the energy of the universe, God, or whatever you choose to call it.

If you believe that there is a power greater than yourself, then you are half way home. Recognizing this causes an immediate sense of humility which allows you get out of your ego, and step into some sense of freedom. It is a new path, and a new day.

For me a twelve step program truly worked. Everyone has their own thing that will help them from picking up a drink or a drug. Find what that is, and stick with it. It also helped me to be reading spiritual literature. Books such as ‚??Conversations with God‚?Ě and anything by Marianne Williamson really helped.

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September 24, 2008

An Alcoholics Story

My StoryA little over 9 years I made the decision to become sober and it was the best thing I ever did in my life. What I recognized years later was that I was trying to escape the typical adolescent feelings of inadequacy, and I wanted to fit in with my peers.

It was the early seventies and it seemed that everyone was getting high. For 24 years I continued using, till 1997, when I woke up one morning and recognized that I just couldn‚??t to live like this any longer. I consider myself very lucky, as bad karma had begun to surround me everywhere I turned.

I was earning very good money at the time, but a huge hole continued to build inside me, and I realized that I wasn‚??t going to stop using. My drinking and pot smoking turned to cocaine and then eventually crack. I was sinking fast. It was by the grace of God, a good therapist, and a caring doctor, who finally helped me get on the track to sobriety.

I committed myself into joining an evening re-hab, and completed the program in a few months. The important key to remember that I have a disease which is called alcoholism. It is a fixation of the mind which affects our physical, emotional, and spiritual states.

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September 17, 2008

Self Test : Abuse or Alcoholism

Check ListHas your drinking advanced to alcohol abuse or alcoholism? Ask yourself these questions:

- What are your first thoughts in the morning? If having a drink ranks in the top 1 or 2, there could be problem.

- Do you feel guilty about your drinking enough to hide it from those who care about you? From your boss, or your spouse, or children?

- Do you often think about how you should cut back on the amount of drinking you do? Have you made failed promises to stop?

- Do you get irritated when others mention or, disapprove of your special relationship with alcohol?

Answering yes to any of the questions could be an indicator that you have at least alcohol abuse and perhaps even suffer from alcoholism. Seek help now!

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September 15, 2008

Understanding Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

Not the right timeThe terms alcoholism and alcohol abuse are in fact two different stages of alcohol addiction.

Alcoholism involves an uncontrollable physical need and emotional dependence on alcohol. Even when all aspects of the drinker‚??s life have been adversely affected, the drinker cannot stay away from alcohol. Alcoholism is a chronic disease that can progress even to the point of death if left untreated.

Alcohol abuse is a less severe stage of drinking than alcoholism. The alcohol abuser may still drink excessively and even suffer from health and social consequences, but never entirely loses their control over alcohol as would the true alcoholic.

While not always easy to identify the true alcoholic, there are signs that can be recognized. Not everyone suffering from alcoholism experiences all of these symptoms. Because they are likely to be secretive about it, it can be difficult to ascertain in another.

Here’s what to watch for:

1. Keeping drinking secret from friends and family; drinking alone a lot; hiding the alcohol in odd places.

2. The inability to stop drinking once started.

3. Have full or partial “blackouts,” where the memory of events while drinking isn’t complete.

4. Becoming annoyed when a regular drinking ritual, like having a drink after dinner, is interrupted.

5. Leaving behind past hobbies and pleasurable activities.

6. Drinking becomes a compulsion or a necessity.

7. The more time without a drink, bad temper and irritability is displayed.

8. Gulping strong drinks to reach the drunk feeling as rapidly as possible.

9. Tolerance levels are reached making it necessary to drink even larger amounts to attain the needed feeling.

10. Relationships, work, financial troubles increase, sometimes involving legal actions.

11. When no alcohol has been consumed for a while for whatever reason, experiencing symptoms of physical withdrawal – shaking, sweating, and nausea.

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September 12, 2008

Stop Drinking Alcohol Or It Will Stop You

StopPeople sometimes don’t stop and consider exactly what they are doing when they are drinking alcohol.

First of all the alcohol will enter the esophagus and exit into the stomach, where it is then absorbed into the blood stream. It will then end up in the liver which has the job of breaking it up into different chemicals.

The subsequent functions of the liver will turn these chemicals into h2o and co2, which are then just excreted from our organism. This all sounds quite simple but this function bears a lot of strain on the liver to produce such changes.

The problems begin though when even more alcohol is consumed as the liver is not able to deal with it. The result being that the alcohol level in our blood will begin to rise.

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September 11, 2008

Brain Damage and Alcohol Abuse

MRI Scans Brain imaging studies have proven that long term alcohol abuse can physically shrink the parts of the brain that control learning and memory. This shrinkage is greatest in the cortex of the frontal lobe which is the center of higher intellectual functions and naturally this shrinkage will grow with age and continued alcohol use. The first noticeable sign of damage from alcohol is short-term memory loss.

Periodic imagining in alcoholics over a five year span showed the brain shrinkage steadily progressed throughout the study. The level of brain shrinkage was directly related to the amount of alcohol consumed and the results were far above anything in the normal range of brain loss.

Alcohol related brain damage can occur in any alcoholic that consumes large amount of alcohol over a long period of time. The extent of the damage is dependant on the system of the drinker, the type and amount of alcohol consumed and the accompanying diet of the drinker.

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September 5, 2008

5 More Tips to Quit Alcohol

GOALS

* Imagine your future-self that is free from alcohol and how much better it will be. Visualization can help you keep focus on your goal and help you make the right choices.

* Keep goals obtainable. Don‚??t set your goals so high that you can‚??t reach them and leave you frustrated. Maybe you can‚??t just quit all at once. At least set a goal of having one less drink today and then one less than that tomorrow. Small steps are better than no steps.

* Face the psychological and emotional issues that may have led to and then that have become part of your drinking problem. Many alcoholics begin drinking to avoid facing an issue in their lives and for others alcoholism may run in the family. Find someone such as a support group or a counselor that can help you deal with these things.

* Seek out positive and meaningful activities to be a part of.

* Last but not least, never, ever give up!

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September 2, 2008

Tips to Quit Alcohol

THROW1) Distance yourself from places and situations where you might find yourself tempted to drink. Avoid bars and quit hanging around the “drinking buddies” who won’t support or understand your goal to quit drinking.

2) Throw out your alcohol. Get rid of it if it is in your house. Should you have a spouse or roommate that drinks, ask them not to do so around you. Removing it from your life is as many aspects as possible is essential is you really want to stop drinking.

3) Tried but true‚?¶ take it one day at a time.

4) Share with friends and family your desire to stop drinking alcohol. Surround yourself with people who will support your decision and help you keep your goal.

5) Reward yourself! Give yourself motivation not to drink. For every day (or even every hour) that goes by where you don’t have a drink, give yourself a pat on the back! Cheer yourself on and give yourself the recognition you deserve for having the power to stop drinking. Share those big and small triumphs with family and friends.

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