How to Solve Alcoholism
Solving any problem requires a solution which addresses the root cause or causes. Alcoholism is no different. If you want to learn how to solve alcoholism, particularly without Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), then you must not only understand the underlying causes of alcoholism, but you must also understand both the success and failure of AA. Contrary to mainstream thinking, alcoholism is not a disease. There is no empirical evidence to support that theory. After ten years of research, and working as an addiction recovery coach, I have concluded that alcoholism is a form of emotional escape and/or self-medication. There are four underlying causes, which work in tandem, one feeding the other, to collectively prompt self-medication. If you want to learn how to solve alcoholism, then you must address the root causes. The root causes of alcoholism are as follows:
Drivers – Anxiety, emotional distress and depression
Catalyzers – Low self-esteem, inadequate personal power and distorted personal identity
Paralyzers – Emotional deterrents such as fear, anger, regret and shame as well as false narratives and personal agendas
Generators – patterns of family dysfunction such as control, verbal, physical and sexual abuse as well as part-time and substance abusive parenting.
The Success and Failure of Alcoholics Anonymous
In truth, the success rate of AA is between 5-10 percent – not exactly positive results. What’s even worse, however, is how successful AA members achieve sobriety. While they do abstain from alcohol, they are not really overcoming addiction. They simply transfer their behavior to another addiction. In most cases, that is AA meetings and ideology. The outcome is, by no means, successful or authentic, addiction recovery. In direct and simple terms, AA does little to address the four underlying causes I listed above. As a matter of fact, many of the steps are counterproductive to doing so. For example, the AA concept of powerlessness often reduces self-esteem instead of increasing it. Once again, if you want to learn how to solve alcoholism, then you’ve got to address the underlying root causes.
Below is a brief outline of the 5 step framework that I used, successfully, in my coaching practice. For the complete, 5-step plan, download my free e-guide, “Stop Drinking Secrets Revealed,” on the home page. Click on home under quick links at the bottom of this page.
5 Steps to Stop Drinking Alcohol
Step 1 – Unearth and Eliminate the Generators:
Based on my research and experience, I have learned that alcoholism is generated in family, relationship dynamics. Various patterns such as control, verbal, physical and sexual abuse, part-time-parenting and substance–abusive parenting form the basis for alcohol dependency. To stop drinking and solve alcoholism, it is imperative that you address these issues.
Step 2 – Change the Catalyzers:
Self-esteem, personal power, and personal identity are negatively charged and feed the Paralyzers and drivers. In contrast to the AA principle of powerlessness, you must boost self-esteem, take back personal power, and establish personal identity to overcome alcoholism authentically.
Step 3 – Remove the Paralyzers:
Emotional deterrents such as fear or anger freeze many people in their tracks, preventing them from making positive change. Personal agendas and false narratives provide an excuse to put the drinking pedal to the metal. If you want to quit drinking and defeat alcoholism, then you must remove the deterrents and give up the narratives and agendas.
Step 4 – Dismantle 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. This can also be described as self-medication. As feelings of worry, dread, stress or hopelessness mount, and coping mechanisms fail, alcohol is used as a means of escape. To stop drinking alcohol without AA, you must dismantle these drivers.
Step 5 – Unlock & Implement Life Purpose:
When living a life without meaning or purpose, one begins to question whether life is worth living at all. When failure is a regular occurrence, and success fades further off into the distance, frustration usually mounts. This is often fed by the Paralyzer, anger, which has been formed by a Generator. In either case, regardless whether it is anxiety or depression, unlocking and implementing meaning/purpose is crucial when you want to solve alcoholism and achieve sobriety.
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