For an alcoholic, the anticipation leading up to the first drink of the day is almost unbearable. The thought of it crossing your lips, traveling warmly down your throat, and hitting your belly with a big splash of delight is drool-worthy. Once you get your hands on it, it feels like you just found Willy Wonka’s golden ticket. All the troubles, worry, fear, and anxiety seem to slip away, but “seem” is just that: an illusion.
For a lot of us, alcohol worked for awhile, until it didn’t. In the beginning, it may have acted as a social lubricant, making it easy to talk to people, and making crowds less awkward. We started using it for other situations, including family gatherings and holidays, but it began to come in the way of daily life. We used it to go grocery shopping, before we met friends, to the movies, and even before, during, and after work. As alcoholics, we don’t have the tools to deal with life, so we use alcohol to deal with it for us.
After we’ve been using alcohol to self-medicate and soothe whatever it is we’re using it for, we lose sight of the fact that it is starting to cause us problems. When things begin happening, we blame it on bad luck, bad timing, and misfortune. It’s impossible for us to take an honest look at what our drinking is doing to us and those around us. Though we may think it is our friend, it is quite the opposite. It twists our mind into believing everything and everyone around us is against us, and it prevents us from getting help.
Once you’re hooked on booze, it does for you what nothing else can. When you start going into withdrawal, it will bring you back to zero, not high, just zero. When everyone around you has taken a step back, and you feel alone, it is there to give you false comfort. When you feel like you just can’t go on like this anymore, its clutches keep you returning to the bottle. What an alcoholic thinks alcohol does for them, is completely false. It’s the disease that has tricked us into believing it is our solution, when really, recovery from it is the absolute best thing an alcoholic can do for themselves.
If you know in your heart that alcohol isn’t working for you anymore, call the Serenity Recovery Center. We can show you the real solution to living a healthy life without alcohol. Alcoholism will do nothing for your life but destroy it and kill you slowly in the process. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) 762-3707. Do something good for yourself, and reach out for help. Your life depends on it. Call today.