MY OWN EXPERIENCE AND MY SOLUTION
In this book we are going to be addressing mainly the causes of addiction problems (and this may help people other than alcoholics) and primarily the treatment that I eventually devised and applied to my own problem, with the outcome of sobriety without angst, achieved.
You see I have been sober without thinking about being sober for most of my life when alcohol was something I enjoyed appropriately. I did not drink for long periods when I was focusing on something like final exams or recovering from illness, and of course pregnancy. It was most certainly not an obsession or even a habit until my early thirties and then took years to morph into the monster it became for me.
At no time did there seem to be anything lacking in my life without the evening glass of wine.
In terms of treatment, I am going to veer on the “Alternative” course of managing and solving the problem as all the other options failed me to a lesser or greater extent. It is my firm belief that it is because none of them addressed the real issue: that I had a deep psychological issue that needed to be addressed before I could resolve the drinking issue.
I am also going to warn you, or remind you if you have already found out for yourself, that there is far less treatment out there than commonly supposed, and much of what there is close to useless. I shall refer at times to my brushes with what I consider a woefully underfunded and educated system. If as many people are being affected, and those figures did not include the fall out to family and friends, then the problem is huge. Resources need to be allocated and the right sort of support given.
It is estimated that there are currently 3 million people with cancer in the UK at the moment, with 3.5 million projected cases by 2030. If there are nearly 68 million people living in this country and up to 11% of them could be affected by alcohol problems, surely, we should be raising public awareness more? If it is really a dis-ease and I for one am inclined to think that it is an illness with multi-factorial causes, then we should stop yelling at people and start treating them with the care and compassion that anyone who is ill deserves.
For every girl who falls out of a taxi drunk and disorderly, you will find at least half of them have a difficult psychological history with a genetic tendency towards a problem.
I was one of them. It took years of soul searching to find out why. Now I know. The picture below will not be this Christmas.
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