Transitioning Your Life and Breaking Out Of The Alcoholics Routine
How do you transition your life and break out of the alcoholics routine?
Not really sure. I got drunk tonight. Not really too pleased about it.. It was the same old self destructive routine that I have done again, and again, and again.
I have been to AA, have read addiction self help books, cried out to God, and have unleashed "Oh poor me" text messages. I've did the drunk facebooking (how embarrassing), been arrested (too many times), and have suffered through the worst hangovers that you could ever imagine.
How do you make the transition?
I think you need some kind of a goal, and I think that you need some kind of reinforcement from an outside influence. Alcoholics have a chemical addiction that longs to be satisfied. There is no joy during the chemical withdrawal process. That's why I think you need a good support system in place and they need to know that "going to the park" or "going to the movies" may not give you quite the same enjoyment (as a healthy minded sober person) when you have decided not to drink anymore. Mentally and emotionally it will be a roller coaster until your body adjusts to what a "normal healthy" person feels.
Alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine, heroine, pasta (yes, carbohydrate rich food) , and many other things boost your serotonin levels. When you take away what you are addicted to, your serotonin levels crash. Serotonin levels control your mood. Anti depressants like Prozac work (although with unwanted side effects) by boosting serotonin levels.
So how do you transition your life? How do you bust out of the alcoholics routine?
I really, really don't know. I've listened to recovering alcoholics, I've been punished by the law, and yet still drink. I think that saying of "Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired" makes a lot of sense. That was pretty much how I felt when I was sick of how cigarettes made me feel. Cigs were so much easier for me to quit because I never really felt joy from them. Alcohol does give me joy from time to time. How do you bust out of the alcoholics routine? I don't know. I'm open to suggestions.