- HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALAN-12 YEARS WELL AND COUNTING.
As you proceed along your journey of recovering from and surviving Alcoholism
and in many cases it's best mate, Depression
I thought I would throw in a few tips to help you along. The Anxiety of Alcoholism and drunk from morning to night is something you do not want to slip back to. It is not a definitive list but something to even up the odds.
- Do presume that you can get out of this mess. Most of us eventually do.
- Do realise that you are not the first person to have these horrors on your back and unfortunately you will not be the last.
- Do know that there is a lot of help out there.
- Do ask for that help when the gutter is approaching you like a "Perfect Storm". Anxiety of opening up to a caring medical professional should not deter you,
- Do make an effort to find someone you can trust, be it a Doctor, Counsellor, Social Worker etc. And then listen to them. They will have your best interests at heart.
- Do realise that you can feel a lot worse than you do at the moment. These mothers can reduce the toughest man or woman to a mumbling broken shell of their former self.
- Do remember the little word with a huge meaning-HOPE. Many people have survived the Addiction of Alcoholism
- Do not think that you can beat the odds. If you do and have a drink you will make it into the Guiness Book of Records as the only Alcoholic to be able to drink again.
- Do not think that your loved ones will stick around for ever. They have a limit, just like you. There is many miserable and lonely recovering alcoholics out there.
- Do not believe that you know better than the medical guys. Did you go to medical school?
- Do not believe yourself when you say I will stop drinking tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes.
- Do not lie to your Doctor, Psychologist or Counsellor. They can see through you.
- Do not blame yourself. The Anxiety of Alcoholism and Addiction of your Mind and Body is behind you now. Alcoholism and Depression are illnesses just like any other.
- Do not stop looking for help. I saw 2 Psychiatrists, 8 Psychologists and 3 Doctors until I saw the light of day again.
"I can resist everything except temptation."
Also please have a look at these Posts relating to My Own Alcoholism/Depression and Addiction Recovery -
Drug Rehabs/Alcoholic Treatment Centers.....or Not??????
My 1 to 10 Scale of Misery for Alcoholism and Depression