February 10, 2011

The Tale Of An Alcoholic

StopThe best thing I have ever done in my life was to get sober, which I did over 9 years. I was 12 years old I began drinking. At that time I also started smoking pot. I recognize now that I was trying to escape my adolescent feelings of inadequacy, and I wanted to fit in with my peers.

It was the early seventies and everyone seemed to be getting high. I continued using for 24 years, till 1997, when I finally woke up one morning and realized that I just couldn’t do this anymore. I was very lucky, as bad karma was surrounding me everywhere I turned, but for some reason I was protected from any real harm. As I like to put it I was a medium bottom drunk. I lost my integrity and scruples, but got to keep my furniture.

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.

If you are traveling the same path, my suggestion is to truly turn your “will” over to a higher power, the energy of the universe, God, whatever you choose to call it. If you can recognize that there is a power greater than yourself, you are half way home. It causes an immediate sense of humility allowing 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” and anything by Marianne Williamson really helped.

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May 22, 2009

How Alcoholics Can Recover From Addiction

StopUnfortunately the majority of alcoholics just never get help in time, and refuse to reach out for help until it is too late. If only they had just realized that they had indeed had a problem and that at least somebody had managed to have to perseverance to get the message through. Sometimes though a tragic stories can lead to help other people and even react if they are able to see the same thing happening in their own life. Obviously those who suffer most are an alcoholics direct family so as we all have family this story should be easy enough to relate to.

Mr Jones woke up one summers morning to find his 60 year old wife had passed out in her bed. She was only 60, didn’t have cancer, no heart disease, just severe depression, due to the fact that her children had moved away and leaving her no grandchildren close by, and her life became empty and she just felt worthless and slowly lead towards depression.

Her husband was not a very loving man and wasn’t really up to the job of being a good listener. On the contrary, he would put her down, criticize her feelings and managed to distance himself from her dilemma. So Mrs Jones began to look for comfort elsewhere, and due to her lack of real friends in her life, she found something that she thought would help – Alcohol.

Why Alcohol? It makes you forget and the problems just disappear making it the perfect solution for a depressed person. Unfortunately Mrs Jones didn’t stop drinking for 21 days until one morning she just didn’t wake up due to her comatose state. During her stay in hospital her family were only interested in getting her to stop drinking alcohol, and not affronting the issues that most worried Mrs Jones. You see, she was still under the illusion that without alcohol her life would remain a dark existence, so she ended up not even wanting to talk to any of her family.

After 3 weeks in hospital it was decided to let Mrs Jones return home to her husband, who was under strict instructions not to let her drink. Mrs Jones was in a desperate state, and later said she was planning suicide, but then that very morning the phone rang. It was Mrs Jones son Peter with some good news. His wife was pregnant and so they had decided to return home as they would need Mrs Jones help with the other Grand children. Well suddenly Mrs Jones life was turned upside down and she suddenly had meaning given back to her life. Even though she had to wait several months for their return, she was a new women.

The moral behind the story is twofold really. First, alcohol is not a solution to depression and secondly if you do know an alcoholic personally, ask them what the matter is and act accordingly. Even if you can get their problem met half way it could prevent a tragic end.

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March 10, 2008

Ways To Cut Down On Your Alcohol

You’ll find that anyone who drinks heavy, will sometime in there life make a decision to cut down on there drinking or even quit it completely. But the big question they always ask themselves is HOW?

Well lets start first on how cutting down or quitting alcohol can and will improve your life, your health and you’ll begin to start to enjoy life again.

You see to cut down on your drinking or quit your drinking you need to have a goal to achieve. So if you want to your going to have to write down reasons for curbing your alcohol consumption. Here’s a few examples which should help you;

Are you seeking to improve your lifestyle?
Do you want to improve your relationship with your family and friends?
Are you looking to improve your health?
What makes you want to drink less?

A recent study showed and was performed on a hundred people. They got 50 people to write there goals down and the other 50 to do nothing accept try and achieve there goals. What the study showed was quite amazing, the first 50 people who wrote there goals down and went through them everyday over a period of 3 months, they found 85% of them reached there goals.

The other 50 they found that a very small percentage (8%) only achieved there goals. The things here is if you don’t know what you want or how to get there then you’re not going to reach your goals, like quitting drinking.

So if you want to quit drinking or cut down on your drinking you must first set yourself goals, but realistic ones. (Remember Drinking Does Not Control You, You Control Your Drinking).

If you’re looking for a good program to follow which will help you with setting your goals to help you quit drinking or cut down on your drinking then I can strongly advise you to take a look at stopdrinkingadvice.org

I have read some great reports from people who have tried there training methods out with amazing results. There even offer you a full money back guarantee if there program doesn’t work for you. They also have a free newsletter which gives you free tips on how to quit drinking.

Remember you have nothing to lose but everything to gain.

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February 20, 2008

My Own Private Hell

You have got to check out this story at www.drugfree.org.

A story of courage and hope for all those wishing to become the sober, happy person they know they can be.

 

 

http://www.drugfree.org/Portal/Stories/My_Own_Private_Hell

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February 18, 2008

Alcoholism Stories

One of the hardest things about alcohol addiction is the sense of isolation and alienation.  That is why recovering addicts, whether alcohol or other drugs, want to speak out to those w ho may not have yet found the courage to stop.

Previously, the only way alcoholics had of talking to recovering alcoholics was to join groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.  Now we have the internet.

Websites such as www.amazon .com is filled with books with heartrending recovery stories.   Also, www.alcoholism.about.com is filled with personal stories written directly by the recovering alcoholics on everything they have dealt with from admitting they are alcoholics to the day to day fight to stay sober. Another major site for amazing stories to help a person struggling with being sober is www.drugfree.org.

The important thing to remember while trying to stay sober is that YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  There are many others just like you and together, you can help each other.  All you have to do is go to your favorite search engine and type “alcoholism stories” and you will find thousands to read through until you find something with which you can relate. 

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February 8, 2008

True Story…..

Everyone in there life comes to a decision to quit drinking alcohol and this was true for Carol Klein.

Dear Friends
This is a true story of Carol Klein.

Carol now lives in Chicago, USA, and is now happily married to her husband, and is a mother of two wonderful daughters and one wonderful son.

Not everything as always been this rosy for Carol. By the early age of 16 Carol had began sampling different alcoholic drinks, and in her early twenties her drinking problem had began to spiral out of control.

Carol is now 38 and a reformed alcoholic. Like lots of us, Carol tried a ton of stuff to try and help her quit her drinking problem, but she saw very little results.

What you’re about to read is the transcription from a telephone conversation I had with Carol on February 1st, 2008.

Right click the PDF Image Below and select "Save Target As" to download.




Ed.

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February 7, 2008

How To Quit Drinking Alcohol

First I’d just like to say thankyou for taking the time out and secondly thankyou for reading this. I’ve never done wrote anything like this before in my life so anything can happen. You’re probably thinking who am I and what am I writing about?

Well let me tell you, my name is Jamie Gough and for the last 22 years of my life I’ve been an Alcoholic, yes I know it’s nothing to be proud of and yes if you look at it I’ve wasted 22 years of my life drinking Alcohol everyday to put it bluntly. As people used to call me a waste of space or a waste of a life!

I am now 65 years old and for the last 2 years of my life I have been Alcohol free, and to be honest I had no choice in the matter, "either give up or die" that is what my doctor told me. It took me about a mille second to make my mind up.

I was married and I have 2 lovely kids which I had never seen for 16 years. I look back it now and think to myself, how can I have been so stupid, not seeing my kids for 16 years, yes it was all my own fault, and please don’t feel guilty for me, that’s not why I’m writing this.

I like to basically tell you drinking isn’t and shouldn’t be part of your lives, if you want to enjoy the things in life which matter!

When my wife left me and took our beautiful kids with her I was 46 and drinking everyday, she kept telling me to "go and sort my problems out or I’ll leave and take the kids with me", and like always I thought I know what was best, and I’d always tell her "I don’t have a drinking problem".  Well that day came and I must admit that was the worst day of my life.

It was a bit like someone inserting there hand into my chest and slowly turning my insides round I think people call it a "gut wrench feeling". After that I took the easy option out, which is what 97% of people do with anything in there lives "the easy option", and I just kept on drinking more and more and I never even thought about my kids and wife anymore.

I do know that as my kids grew older, now my ex-wife would always tell them about me, she never said anything nasty about me to them, and I respect her for that.

I was the grand old age of 62, when I got a knock on my front door one morning, and there was the young tall lad stood there, smelling of vodka from the night before I opened the door, and asked "can I help you son?", and to his reply he said "are you Jamie Gough?" if so I’m your son. Well at first I thought this was some kind of joke, and after a long chat and looking at some pictures he’d brought round I’d released this was my son which I’d never seen for 16 years.

He’d come to tell me he was getting married, and asked me two very important questions.

1 – I’d like you to come to our wedding
2 – But you have to be alcohol free

My answer was, "I’d love to son". So the next day I went and so my local doctor and asked for his help, and that is when he said "either give up or you’re going to die". I guess you can’t be any more honest than that.

I tried every single thing out there you could think of, and to honest nothing seem to be working, and then my son came across this website stopdrinkingadvice.org I didn’t have much money so my son bought this for me. I had just over 2 ½ years to sort my self out and with the help of my son and this incredible audio and book I did it. It took  me 6 months, and I have never touched a drop since.

Yes it was a very long and very hard journey for me, and it was worth every single minute, nothing in the world can take that day away from me watching my son walking down the aile to get married, I just hope I’m still here to watch my daughter get married to.

So why have a I wrote this; One you are never to old in life to quit drinking or quit anything, and if a 63 year old can do it so can you. and the other well there are so many things in life which are far more important than having a drink, that’s the easy option, for once why don’t you try the hard option, the rewards are far greater.

I know there are people out there like me, and people who are in a similar situation, there is help and I can strongly recommend stopdrinkingadvice.org there’s no harm in trying anything you just need to find the right one that works for you, and it worked for me so it should work for you.

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January 15, 2008

Affects of Drinking Alcohol Is There a Treatment

Here are some common and interesting facts about alcohol.

Did you know that alcohol is the cause of around 100,000 deaths in the United States alone? In Canada it’s around 50,000 deaths per year. Alcohol is also one of the biggest reasons why families split up and this figure is well into the millions.

Alcohol is also one of the leading causes of deaths on the road with teenagers. You will find that people who drink alcohol have very poor grades, can’t perform 100% at there job, smoke (which is a leading killer it’s self), experiment with other types of illegal drugs.

If you find yourself drinking everyday and your becoming dependent on alcohol to get you through the day then you have a serious alcohol problem which needs to be sorted out now before it’s too late.

What do I mean by it’s too late?

After studying and doing research into alcoholics for the last 5 years I have found out that long term heavy drinking is the major cause of the following chronic diseases:

High blood pressure, damages your liver, effects your nervous system, your heart (heart attacks) slows your brain down (lack of memory), stomach problems, cancer, sexual problems, I think you get my drift; alcohol just about affects every part of your body. You’ll also find the miss-use of alcohol leads to other things such as violence, accidents, and personality change.  So why do we drink so much alcohol?

You’ll find most people do it because they think it looks cool and to impress there friends, and little do they know that they are knocking years off there lives and slowly destroying there health. What you need to remember is your only here once, so get the most out of your life while you can.

Once you become alcohol dependent it becomes very difficult to stop drinking without someone’s help. If you’re looking for a way-out or you might know anyone that is looking to quit alcohol for good, help is always available. Recognizing you have a problem is the first step to finding a solution.

If your are alcoholic dependent and looking for FREE resource or an alcohol treatment, then a can honestly say with my hand on my heart the best website I have come across is stopdrinkingadvice.org. I know Ed personally and he has helped to cure more than 2000 people with serious drinking problems.

The best thing about Ed’s site is his information and resource is FREE and it shows you the critical steps to beating your nemesis.

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January 14, 2008

Stop Drinking Alcohol Now

Just ask yourself one simple question are you drinking to much Alochol? If you are how can you stop it and improve your lifestyle and your health. Here are a few questions which might help you decide:

- When you drink alcohol do you drink when you are depressed, sad, or alone?
- Are your family and friends very worried about you because you’re drinking to much?
- Does alcohol make you forget things?
- Are you always late for things because you have been drinking the night before?
- Are you always falling out with friends and family because of your drinking problem?
- Does your health suffer from your drinking problems?

If you have read the above questions and answered yes to any them, than you a have serious drinking problem, or it’s the beginniging of one. If you find that your health is suffering from alcohol then you need to stop drinking right now, as this could and will lead to an early death bed. Also seek advice from your doctor.

If you are reading this article then you either want to stop drinking now, or you want to cut down on your drinking habit

Here are three questions you should be doing to help you stop srinking now:

1 – You should write all the wrong and write reasons why you want to stop or cut down on your drinking habit.

ie: Is it for your health? Will it improve your lifestyle? Will it make you sleep better? Will it improve your family life. I am sure your list will be alot longer

2 – Goal Setting.

First let me tell you without setting any goals you’ll never stop or cut down on your drinking habit, it’s that simple. First you need write down small goals, like cutting down on your drinking habits, just maybe you can cut out drinking one night a week. The thing here is you need to start and get into good habits and get rid of the bad ones.

Ok now you need to write your goals down and have then in front of you as much as you can. Put them on every door in the house if you have to, or even have them on your refrigerator so you will read them before you open it.

Your paper should look something like this:

- Goal – 1: I will cut down on my drinking problem starting from ______________________
- Goal – 2: I will also not drink on (day of the week)
- Goal – 3: Week 2 I will not drink on two days of the week
- Goal – 4: I will always drive when we go out, so I can’t drink

You must fill these in at all costs.

3 – Always keep a Day to Day Diary.

I know this sounds very easy but you must do this every day and not miss any out. Make sure you set your goals for your first 4 weeks, and then have a look at then after 4 weeks have gone by and see the difference, trust me you’ll be very surprised by the results, I have done this myself when I was an alcoholic, and it works. It’s not easy but it’s very rewarding.

You could even make up your own drinking diary:

Week:1
Day of Week            #of drinks                type of drinks          place
consumed

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Anyone can stop drinking alcohol with the right help, it’s a simple process, but like I said you now need to get into the  good habits and get rid of the bad ones. Here are a few tips which will help you along your journey.

Stay At Home:
Try to keep a very small amount of alcohol at home.

You must learn to NO to Alcohol:
Learn to become a designated driver if you go out anywhere, also you don’t have to drink to have a great time, you’ll find people who a funny don’t drink at all. Try and stay away from the people who give you a hard time, remember it’s your life and not there’s that there posioning.

Always stay active:
This is a great way to stay away from alcohol, go and join a gym, walking club, or even take up golf. They all keep you very health and there all fun, plus it’s a great way to meet new people.

Try taking a break from alcohol:
This a great way to completely stop drinking alcohol altogether, just try and stop drinking one day a week and on that day try and find a different drink to drink, I found when I started doing this I started to feel healthier and this ment spending more time with the people I love.

Beware of the demons:
You will at some stage come across the demons, which are people trying to get you to drink, yes it hard to say NO, but just remember why you are doing this, because it’s not for them, it’s for you and your family and they come first in your life.

Never ever give up:
Bad habits are hard to break and it’s not easy to change things all at once, so don’t give up at your first hurdle. "Why do we fall, so when we get up we know next time not to make the same mistake". It’s not a race it’s about the end result SO DON’T GIVE UP.

If you would like a FREE REPORT on how to stop drinking alcohol try stopdrinkingadvice.org there simple and very easy to follow steps have helped over two thousand people cure there drinking problems.

 

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January 9, 2008

Alcohol Info – Can Alcohol Affect Me?

Everyone knows that drinking alcohol can be great fun, but as we also know alcohol can be deadly as well, it’s a great and very powerful drug which affects both body and mind, so you must treat it with the greatest of respect.
 
 Alcohol is one of the biggest killers year by year and it increases every year. More and more people are turning to alcohol and becoming alcoholics and they don’t even know it! Alcohol is linked to illnesses such as liver damage, stomach cancer, heart disease, and many more.
 
 Do we really know just how it can affect use?
 Heavy drinkers will be affected more and in the following areas. First your health. Your sporting performance is first, it also damages your muscle fibers, which you need for everyday of your life, once these are damaged your on a very slippery slope to an early death bed. It also affects your sexual performance and makes you infertile. Ultimately it will affect you as a person, if you change when you’ve had a drink then you know it’s affecting you, so why drink in the first place.
 
 So Just Why Do We Drink Alcohol?
 The list is endless of why people drink, but the most common one is my friends and family drink and it makes it sociable for me, Most people find it very pleasurable to have drink and chill out, enjoyment, or just because they like the taste.
 
 I have even come across people you drink alcohol because they think it makes them grown up. Everyone’s reasons for drinking is different but the most important aspect of this is what are the side affects it gives you?
 
 So Just What Does Alcohol Do To Me?
 Alcohol helps most people feel relaxed and confident, sometimes people become funny after they have had a beer or two, and I’ve meet some people who even think they become more attractive. (I wish, yes it’s the beer talking).
 
 There is a dark side to alcohol and that’s when you over step the boundaries and you start to lose control with yourself i.e. becoming very physically and verbal towards friends and family. People start becoming distant from you and if this is happening then it’s time to take action with regards to your drinking habits.
 
 There is plenty of help out there if you need it and I have read everything that is worth reading, because I was once an alcoholic and now I would say I’ve conquer my nemesis and let it lay to rest. Yes it was hard but worth it.
 
 After years of research and trying different methods I have only come across a hand full of sites which actually do work and the one which stands out from the rest is stopdrinkingadvice.org – So if your unhappy about your drinking habits or looking for free information on how to stop drinking, please give this website a try it will properly be the best thing you have ever done.

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