Being diagnosed with an incurable disease is very disheartening to say the least, although when it comes to alcoholism it is also false. That, however, is exactly the prognosis you’ll receive from mainstream recovery and Alcoholics Anonymous. Nothing could be farther from the truth, though. You can learn how to overcome alcohol abuse. Regardless of the information put forth, and the studies which have been published, there is no scientifically, sound or empirical evidence which supports the disease theory. Truth is; alcoholism is not a disease and people cure themselves of the affliction all the time. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 75 percent of those who recover from alcohol dependence do so without seeking any kind of help, including specialty alcohol treatment programs and AA. Therefore, you can learn how to overcome alcohol abuse, and you can accomplish it without AA or rehab.
The Real Causes of Alcoholism
I have researched alcoholism for over ten years. I have worked as an addiction recovery coach for 8 years, plus. As a result of my research and experience, I have concluded that alcoholism is not a disease. In my opinion, alcohol abuse is a form of emotional escape. The drivers of that phenomenon are anxiety, stress and depression. When these emotional states build, and coping skills are inadequate, alcohol is used to alleviate symptoms. I would also describe this as self-medication. There are 3 preceding levels which feeds the drivers, and causes them to build like a pressure cooker, particularly in the case of anxiety and stress. When it comes to depression, these preceding levels further diminish self-love, meaning, purpose and a sense of self, which prompts emotional escape. Obviously, alcohol abuse is emotional rather than chemical in origin. Hence, overcoming alcohol abuse requires some personal development work. This is not always easy since most alcohol addicted individuals are attempting to escape from emotional issues and, in some cases, even themselves. One thing is for certain; continuing to run will lead to self-destruction. You can run, but you cannot hide. The best advice is to stand and face the music. Below is a brief outline of the 5-step framework I used, successfully, to help clients beat alcoholism over the past decade:
How to Overcome Alcohol Abuse
Step 1 – Unearth and Eliminate the Generators:
After ten years of research and recovery coaching, I have learned that alcoholism is generated in family dysfunction. Patterns such as control, verbal, physical and sexual abuse, part-time-parenting and substance–abusive parenting establishes a foundation for alcoholism. To overcome alcohol abuse and stop drinking for good, you must uncover, address, and eliminate these issues.
Step 2 – Change the Catalyzers:
Low self-esteem, inadequate personal power, and distorted personal identity underpins alcohol abuse and fuels the Paralyzers and Drivers. To battle and beat alcoholism, you must reverse these effects. You must increase self-esteem, reclaim personal power, and rebuild your personal identity.
Step 3 – Remove the Paralyzers:
Fear, anger, regret and shame, or emotional deterrents, prevent people from embracing personal development and making positive change. Motives and excuses, to continue alcohol abuse, are manufactured through personal agendas and false narratives. If you want to quit drinking alcohol and become alcohol free, then you must remove the deterrents and give up the false stories and personal schemes.
Step 4 – Dismantle the Drivers:
Anxiety, stress and depression are the drivers of alcohol abuse. These emotional states are fed by the preceding levels and are responsible for inducing cravings and, ultimately, causing self-medication. To stop drinking alcohol forever, you must dismantle these drivers.
Step 5 – Unlock & Implement Life Purpose:
Most alcohol dependent individuals live life without meaning and purpose. Having a career and financial stability do not necessarily afford one meaning and purpose. When one lacks meaning and purpose, they are also short on self-worth and love. As with any type of addiction, alcohol abuse can be described not only as an emotional escape but also a destruction of the self. Generally speaking, those you have meaning and purpose, and have embraced self-love, have no desire to destroy themselves. Therefore, unlocking and implementing meaning/purpose is crucial when you want to overcome alcoholism and achieve sobriety.
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