Alcoholism carries with it the common misconception for most people that it stems directly from alcohol abuse, which is the obvious conclusion, right? Well unfortunately that’s not the case, as alcohol is but a symptom of the alcoholic’s maladjustment to life, but what does that even mean?
Addiction recovery means it’s occasionally necessary to admit to ourselves that, “We’re wrong!” “Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.” –Ezra T. Benson. Abandoning pride and humbly listening to feedback beget more personal growth.
Chelsea and her father had the perfect relationship. Her memories of her father are happy ones; weekends spent together, family vacations, love and lots of laughter. Chelsea and her father were inseparable and their bond was undeniable. When Chelsea was active in her addiction her relationship with her father was tested but their connection remained strong.
"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." - (Aristotle). We are all familiar with the proverbial phrase: "Patience is a virtue.” Yet how does this phrase translate into the life of an addict/ alcoholic? Before recovery, Patience is anathema to any addict/alcoholic.
On October 17, 2013 Sean woke up from a coma. He had been in a coma for 3 days after a heroin overdose. The doctors didn't believe that he was ever going to wake up. Sean knew he was in the hospital but didn't know how he got there. For days he was conscious but unable to articulate his thoughts.
Seemingly innocent behaviors such as chewing gum, using eye drops or locking a bathroom door may have a serious underlying meaning. It could mean drug and alcohol abuse. Addicts go to great lengths to mask the problem and keep their addiction hidden. Here are real questions answered by a real addict. In the following, Dane T. shares his experience:
Before sobriety & even in sobriety I have always lived my life confusing the ends with the means. Driven by natural instincts exceeding their intended purposes, I have tried to fix myself with money, property and prestige. With a constant mentality built off of a philosophy that if only I could achieve something or obtain something then I would be ok. Believing that my state of being was solely dependant on my outside circumstances yet never being able to fill that hole or satisfy that feeling with the things I thought I was missing.