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Can an Alcoholic Drink in Moderation Successfully?

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Can an alcoholic drink in moderation successfully? Will social drinking be OK or will it drag you down? Very few recovered alcoholics live on an uncharted island.  Hanging out with buds or in crowds and being around people who are having a ball drinking poses serious temptation--and serious angst--for the recovered and recovering alcoholics.  This can present a very strong temptation for recovering alcoholics- they can find themselves in situations where they are surrounded by others who are … [Read more...]

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Understanding the Dangers of Alcohol Withdrawal Seizures

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This post will be about understanding the dangers of alcohol withdrawal seizures, the most...sobering...aspects of alcoholism and quitting. I try to to keep things a bit light, or at least as encouraging as possible, but some of this stuff is just tough.  Here, we have to discuss seizures, a daunting topic to be sure.  But as you embark on this momentous journey of the alcohol-free life, you have to fully understand the inherent challenges and risks ahead. As most recovering alcoholics will … [Read more...]

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How You Can Help An Alcoholic Who is in Denial?

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How You Can Help An Alcoholic Who is in Denial? Most of my posts are directed to recovered alcoholics or to folks who think they might be alcoholics. But this time I'm writing for friends and family who know someone who's an alcoholic but hasn't yet sought help. You have realized that the person in question has a problem with alcohol and they need help. Confronting an alcoholic in denial in such a way that they will not get angry is difficult. It becomes dicier if the person--we'll call … [Read more...]

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Tried And Tested Methods On Dealing With An Alcoholic Husband

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Tried and tested methods on dealing with an alcoholic husband: this post is for the spouse of an alcoholic. The best thing I want to communicate is just that even though it's natural for you to feel imprisoned, you do have options. Acknowledging the options as options will make you feel better and will organize your situation in a way you may find helpful. There are usually 3 options that the wife of an alcoholic can choose from: Allow the alcoholism to remain your spouse’s … [Read more...]

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Excuses Made By Addicts & Alcoholics

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Alcoholics and addicts tend to make excuses.  I know a lot of them, and I'm here to share. Here’s something alcoholics have in common with everyone else: we have well-developed defense mechanisms.  We know how to protect ourselves, and that might mean protecting our feeling from what we think are attacks.  Basically, we tell ourselves stories.  We also know how to lash out at others, even if we’re not lashing out in a way that’s extremely dramatic. Now, addicts aren’t exactly nuts or in some … [Read more...]