MYTHS and TRUTHS
There are a few myths when it comes to alcoholism and addiction that I’d like to bring to your attention.
MYTH: After you’ve been sober for a significant amount of time, you CAN drink like a “normal” person and control it.
TRUTH: Once an alcoholic / addict, ALWAYS an alcoholic / addict. There is NO cure, you can never drink or use again unless you want to go right back to where you left off. In that case, it’s always worse than it was before.
MYTH: We can get sober / clean on our own and without any kind of help.
TRUTH: There are almost always underlining reasons we do what we do, and the issues must be treated in order for us to achieve complete sobriety.
MYTH: “Alcohol is my problem, but drugs aren’t (or vice versa) so I can do that instead.”
TRUTH: One will almost always lead to the other and you travel backwards. If you have to put yourself under the influence of some mood altering substance, you haven’t dealt with the issues that got you there in the first place.
MYTH: “I don’t drink or use every day, so I don’t have a problem”
TRUTH: You don’t have to drink every day to be an alcoholic. Even if you only drink a few times a week, if you cannot stop once you start and have no control over it, the chances are you may be one. I was what they call a “Binge drinker” I didn’t drink every day, but when I drank, I drank and I drank hard. Once that first one hit my lips, I was off and running until the booze was gone, or I passed out.
MYTH: “Everyone keeps telling me that I have a problem, but they’re wrong, I’ve got it under control.”
TRUTH: If you’ve gotten to the point where your friends and family are always telling you that you’re out of control, chances are they’re right!! They see things MUCH more clearly than you do.
MYTH: Sobriety works easily for everyone.
TRUTH: Everyone is different and therefore getting sober works differently for different people. Some people get it the first time and never goes back to it, others it may take a bit longer, but it does work.. It doesn’t matter how many times it takes as long as you keep trying and don’t give up.
I can’t think of more off the top of my head, but believe me there ARE more. If you have any questions, please feel free to get at me to discuss this further.
August 4, 2014
AJ Menendez, Master Male Illusionist