drinking Tag

Young people drink for a variety of reasons. While they are in the transition from adolescence to adulthood, children are passing through the dramatic physical and emotional changes of puberty, as well as receiving increased independence and responsibilities.

For most people relapse is or will be a part of their story. But it’s only a story, not a failure, and the script can be rewritten at anytime. Relapse carries a deep sense of shame with it. It touches every false belief we have ever had about ourselves: I knew it, I am a failure,” or, “I’ll never amount to anything,” or, “Other people deserve happiness, not me.” By getting out of the cycle of negative thinking – together - we can address our “relapse-mentality.”

For the normal person, imbibing one or two drinks per week is never a problem. Then there are those of us who will constantly hear from our friends and family how we need to take a look at our ‘drinking problem.’ In fact, many of us believed that the drinking was exactly the issue and that abstinence, or at least a good shot at moderation, would help fix it.

“Is non-alcoholic beer considered a relapse?” I asked myself.  Most people working a 12-step recovery program will avoid anything that  contains traceable amounts of alcohol and at .05%, drinking non-alcoholic beer is to be dodged.

Gateway drugs are defined as any mood-altering substance, as a stimulant or tranquilizer that does not cause physical dependence but may lead to the use of addictive drugs, such as heroin by The Random House Dictionary.