Alcohol is only a symptom of an underlying problem. Anyone can stop drinking but it’s staying stopped that’s the problem. Long term sobriety is rare with many people falling off the wagon after a few weeks, months, years and even decades after giving up self-medicating with alcohol.
Admitting that you do have a problem is the first step to sobriety. People in denial will go to any lengths to prove to the world that they are not alcoholic but the world, being family and friends, know better. The alcoholic is only fooling himself/herself when they look in the mirror and try to look alert, healthy and sober.
The first thing you need to do to help yourself stay away from alcohol is to balance your brain chemistry with an essential amino-acid. This non-essential amino acid is necessary for the manufacture of dopamine and noradrenaline, which are required for concentration, alertness, memory and a happy, stable mood. The dopamine neurotransmitter is the centre of satisfaction and reward. Why do you drink? To feel satisfied and rewarded. Information regarding essential and non-essential amino acid formulas obtained through our web site www.cabothealth.com.au
To stay sober, you will need to learn how to undo learned behaviour that has been part of your lifestyle for a number of years. Co-dependency is learned behaviour growing up in a dysfunctional environment and contributes to self-medicating with alcohol and food.
You will also need to change your thinking to change your thinking (emotions) to change your behaviour. Use meditation CDs specially selected to help anger, resentment, self-pity and a special CD to learn how to accept life on lie’s terms. Also use DVDs to help people identify with their own alcohol issues instead of blaming other people.
We suggest the following DVDs available from Amazon:
- “My name is Bill W” (the true story of Alcoholics Anonymous) with James Gardener
- “Shattered Spirits” with Martin Sheen
- “Flight” with Denzel Washington
- “28 Days” with Sandra Bullock
- “Days of Wine & Roses” with Jack Lemon
- “When a Man Loves a Woman” with Meg Ryan
There are many modalities available to the alcoholic to help him/her get sober and stay sober, one day at a time. AA is a free organisation with meetings in every suburb around the world. You can attend most meetings as a visitor to see if AA is for you.
To get sober and stay sober you need courage and the meaning of courage is commitment, doubt and action. Without a certain amount of doubt there is no courage.
We also recommend a very good work book called Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life by Scott Spradlin. I have never met Scott but I do like his work in explaining dialectical behaviour therapy and his work book takes a pragmatic approach to changing your thinking to change your feelings (emotions) to change your behaviour. This book is available worldwide through Amazon or Fishpond book stores.