Embracing Your Disease

There is a very real, very devastating stigma attached to the disease of addiction / alcoholism. (Dictionary.com defines a stigma is as “a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation.”) In spite of the many things we now know about addiction and alcoholism, a large majority of the general public still views this illness with disdain and contempt. There are a lot of people out there who –for whatever reason –refuse to treat those afflicted with this disease with patience and compassion. Instead, we are often treated like lepers; cast out of certain social circles, denied jobs and cut out of the lives of people who are important to us. An addiction to drugs or alcohol may seem like a choice to those who do not understand the dynamics of this debilitating and deadly disease. Regardless of what other people think, however; addiction and… {Continue Reading}

Be Mindful of the Struggle of Others

A newly sober individual faces a struggle every single day to avoid alcohol. Those going through a 12 step program or attending AA meetings will be instructed and encouraged to completely abstain from alcohol. Research has shown that even a taste of alcohol during recovery can cause a person to relapse. A person who has experienced alcoholism is much more likely to relapse back into it, and recovery often lasts the rest of the person’s life. Alcohol is All Around Us For someone who is struggling to completely avoid alcohol for the rest of their life, alcohol is evident in nearly every aspect of life. In our society, people have a beer to celebrate a victory, they unwind after a long day with a glass of wine, and they toast the bride and groom at a wedding dinner with champagne. To abstain from alcohol usually means the person must remove… {Continue Reading}