For many, learning how to battle alcoholism is an ongoing struggle. When you treat alcoholism as an incurable disease, as mainstream recovery and Alcoholics Anonymous do, the concept of recovery isn’t designed to win the war against alcoholism. With that in mind, I would ask; why learn how to battle alcoholism if you’re not going to win the war against alcohol addiction? If you think about it, the conventional approach has been to battle alcoholism across the board. During the last 4 decades, the U.S. Government has invested billions of dollars in addiction research and treatment. Despite those efforts and investments, the rate of alcohol abuse continues to spiral out of control. Whether we are talking about Alcoholics Anonymous, specialized alcohol treatment, or general advice offered by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, battling the effects of alcoholism is the standard approach. But, is that the best strategy for learning how to battle alcoholism and, most importantly, win the war against destructive drinking? In my opinion, it is not. I would encourage you to consider learning how to battle alcoholism by using another method. I expound on that in a moment. First, let’s put into perspective the success rate of conventional treatment.
Losing the Battle Against Alcoholism
Four seventy years, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has battled alcoholism. And, since the Twelve-Step Program is used as a primary modality in 95 percent of U.S. treatment centers, we are talking about the same approach, regardless whether it’s AA or specialized treatment. Despite the millions of weekly meetings conducted over the years, the success rate of AA is rather abysmal. In his article “Heart of Addiction,” Dr. Lance Dodes, Psychiatrist, author, and director of the substance abuse treatment unit at Harvard’s McLean Hospital, clearly states that the Twelve-Step Program of AA has a success rate of 5-10 percent. AA may be battling alcoholism, but they are not winning the fight against alcoholism. What’s worse is 75% of those who are alcohol dependent battle and conquer alcoholism without any treatment whatsoever. Without question, you can learn how to recover from alcoholism at home.
Alternatives for Battling Alcoholism
If you search the internet, you’ll find plenty of alternative programs and lots of advice for how to battle alcoholism. The vast majority of these programs and recommendations attempt to fight the effects of alcoholism. For example, quite often managing cravings, avoiding triggers or using willpower is recommended. Unfortunately, those approaches turn out to be nothing short of exercises in futility. If you’ve tried them, then you know how easy it is to lose those battles.
The Root Causes Alcoholism
Basic physics dictates that for every effect there is a fundamental cause. Every effect has a cause and every cause produces an effect. When applying this to alcoholism, doesn’t make sense to fight the cause rather than the effect? To get rid of a weed in your backyard, would you pull the thorns from it daily, or would you pull out the root? I’m willing to bet you’d choose the later. If you want to win the war against alcoholism, then you’ve got to do the same thing.
From my research and experience, I have learned that there is a four-part causality to alcoholism. I call it the “Four-Part Alcoholism Machine.” Each level or gear meshes with the next to produce destructive drinking. Those levels, from top to bottom, are as follows:
1. The Drivers
Anxiety, emotional distress and depression are the drivers of alcoholism. When these emotional states reach tipping points, alcohol is used to alleviate symptoms
2. The Paralyzers
Emotional deterrents such as fear or anger freeze alcohol dependents in their tracks, preventing them from making positive change. Personal agendas and false narrative provide an excuse to put the drinking pedal to the metal.
3. The Cataylyzers
Self-esteem, personal power, and personal identity are negatively charged and feed the paralyzers and drivers.
4. The Generators
Patterns of family, relationship dynamics such as control, part-time parenting, verbal, physical and sexual abuse, and substance-abusive parenting form the basis for destructive drinking and mesh with the other gears.
How to Battle Alcoholism
So, here’s how to fight alcoholism without AA and win the war. Basically, you take the fight to the causes. In order to do that effectively, you need a plan. The ultimate goal is to eliminate anxiety, distress or depression. If you want to learn how to beat alcoholism on your own, you have start at the bottom of the machine and work up through the other three levels. Below is a brief outline of the 5 steps:
Step 1- Unearth and Eliminate the Generators
Family dysfunction is the direct, fundamental cause of alcoholism. Various patterns such as control, verbal, physical and sexual abuse as well as part-time and substance-abusive parenting negatively charge the Catalyzers or elf-esteem, personal power and personal identity. If you want to learn how to battle alcoholism, you must take a relationship inventory and set boundaries accordingly.
Step 2 – Change the Catalyzers
Self-esteem is reduced, personal power is undercut, and personal identity is distorted by patterns of family dysfunction. This, in turn, feeds the Paralyzers, which consist of emotional deterrents such as fear, anger and regret as well as false narratives and personal agendas. This prevents positive change and provides motive for stories and schemes which perpetuates alcoholism. If your goal is to learn how to cure alcoholism, then you must re-charge the Catalyzers with positive energy.
Step 3 – Remove the Paralyzers
Fear, anger, regret and shame are fed by reduced self-esteem, inadequate personal power and/or distorted personal identity. this freezes alcohol dependent individuals in their tracks whereby preventing positive change. It also provides a basis, and the motive, for manufacturing false narrative and agendas to substantiate destructive drinking. If you want to learn how to overcome alcoholism and win the war against alcohol addiction, then you must remove the Paralyzers and give up the stories and schemes.
Step 4 – Dismantle the Drivers
The generators, Cataylyzers and Paralyzers fuel the drivers anxiety, emotional distress and depression. when these emotional states reach tipping points, and alcohol dependent individuals are unable to cope, alcohol is used to alleviate the symptoms. to battle alcoholism, effectively, and defeat it once and for all, you must dismantle the drivers.
Step 5 – Unlock & Implement Life Purpose
Without some form of meaning/purpose in life, many alcohol dependent individuals feel that life is not worth living at all. In most cases, this is driven by depression, although anxiety and emotional distress can play a role as well. I believe everyone’s life purpose is unique. This starkly contrasts AA philosophy which espouses that every alcohol dependent individuals purpose is to help other alcoholics. In my opinion, undertaking such a mission is, more or less, a life sentences of depression. If you want to learn how to beat alcoholism, there is a better way.
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