Abstinence Based Recovery

I feel shame in being abstinent. There, I said it. Drinking is legal, socially acceptable and the only drug I have pursued to the absolute limits. Alcohol is an addictive substance and all whom consume it are vulnerable to becoming dependent on it. I wonder perhaps if I had known it was as bad asContinue reading “Abstinence Based Recovery”

Recovery Resilience

In the midst of a second wave of coronavirus, I’m an alcoholic struggling with the surge of emotions caused by isolation and nostalgia for a time free from fear. To clarify I mean external fear i.e. socially distancing, wearing masks, not going to public events, thinking twice about venturing out for anything not deemed absolutelyContinue reading “Recovery Resilience”

Geographic Alcoholic

The first time I heard of ‘doing a geographical’ was at AA meetings. I kept coming back to meetings, as suggested, and this enabled me to become familiar with phrases applicable to alcoholism. I understand it as blaming the location for the current behaviour and changing the location in an attempt to leave the behaviourContinue reading “Geographic Alcoholic”