Alcoholics And Holiday Temptation:
As the holidays draw closer, festive gatherings offer many opportunities to have a glass or two of Christmas cheer. For most people celebratory toasts present no problem, but for families of alcoholics, holidays compounded with alcohol make a stressful combination. Nevertheless, many alcoholics regard drinking as their favorite part of holiday celebrations and probably won’t commit to an abstinent season.
In some ways it’s hard to blame them. The holidays are stressful, and just knowing how a few drinks can bring a little joy to a stressful season makes alcohol hard to resist. But as families of alcoholics know, transformations initiated under the influence of alcohol can quickly turn in to something mean and ugly. So addiction treatment becomes a consideration. Unfortunately getting an alcoholic into treatment is a hard sell, especially when the holidays come around. That comes as no surprise, but it does beg the question, why? If alcoholics have a disease, why would they resist getting treated for the disease, to get well, to recover?
Resistance To Get Treatment
Surprisingly, the problem isn’t with the person who has the disease; it’s absurd to think that someone with a disease doesn’t want to recover. So that leaves treatment, more specifically the way treatment is contrived. Nearly all addiction treatment programs follow the antiquated psychological, 12-step approach, offering no biochemical repair for the brain. In fact many treatment centers, are structured as “dual-diagnosis” programs, which means someone is diagnosed with a disorder like depression or anxiety, along with the alcohol or drug addiction. This actually leads to distorting the structure of the brain further by the introduction of psychiatric drugs. Basically what I’m saying is that nobody really recovers in this type of treatment, so resistance to go is predictable.
Did you ever notice how alcoholics get corralled into one of two groups, either “in recovery” and abstinent, or “relapsed” and using? Do you ever wonder what happened to “recovered?” You don’t hear that one, because the symptoms of an alcoholic in abstinence linger for years. Hence the best an abstinent alcoholic can hope for is to be “in recovery” (meaning not using, but symptomatic). Those ongoing symptoms make relapse probable and predictable. In light of this, the treatment industry has now declared relapse as part of the recovery process.
The symptomology of abstinent alcoholics “in recovery” is nothing new. A study from Johns Hopkins University looked at 312 Abstinent Alcoholics (163 men & 149 women) who had been abstinent for 5 to 10 years.1 Many of the subjects were classic hardcore AA members with 10 plus years of heavy drinking under their belts. Common symptoms included: depression, obsessive/compulsiveness, manic diagnosis, poor memory and concentration, personal inadequacy, inferiority, guilt, anxiety, insomnia, hostility, paranoid ideas, and even psychosis. Many were unable to work in jobs equivalent to the level of their educational training. Ph.D.’s were working as dishwashers; BS degrees were driving cabs and waitressing. The study concluded, “These are alcohol induced brain disorders, not personality problems”
Unfortunately treatment doesn’t address alcohol induced brain disorders. As I already told you, present-day treatment programs follow the antiquated psychological, 12-step approach, offering no biochemical repair for the brain. Nobody ever brings this out, but just because someone is alcoholic doesn’t make him or her stupid. They see their holiday choice plain and clear: treatment offering agonizing one-day-at-time, white knuckling, abstinence, peppered with psychoanalytical conversations with some guy they don’t know, or another season –stressful– yes, but broken up with alcohol induced respites of merriment.
If only there was a third choice, abstinence without all the negative symptomology that goes with it. In other words “recovery.” But to find that you’d need an addiction treatment center that does more than just talk to you, or has you make lists of all your faults, or fills you full of alien chemicals. You need an orthomolecular-based treatment center that offers unique biochemical repair, in other words, a treatment center that offers physical treatment for a physical disease. The tools of such a clinic might include:
- Complete detoxing with customized IVs and oral formulas.
- Genetic history evaluations to determine “Inherent Factors” influencing cause.
- Trusted labs used to verify or deny underlying internal mistakes causing your ongoing lifelong Anxiety, Depression, Cravings, etc.
- Medical support including a customized series of proprietary IVs and IM shots
- Biochemical repair tailored to individual bio-needs
- Gentle Cranial Electrical Stimulation is used to stabilize brain states, return short-term memory, and promote restful sleep
- Ecological protocols integrated to banish allergy-based symptoms and damage from toxic metals and chemicals.
It turns out there is such a place. So if you’re looking for a Christmas present, you might consider 21st century treatment for real recovery, and abstinence with the gift of joy. You might consider Health Recovery Center.
- Symptomology of Alcoholics at Various Stages of Abstinence. A 1985 Johns Hopkins University study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, (Vol. 9)