On some of the forums I spend time on and in sober blogs that I read there have been some links recently to some information that’s new to me and so I thought I would share them here. Thanks to Matt over at mattsnewlife and the BFB Yahoo for sharing them 🙂
From my time of blogging there seems to be two approaches to getting sober – AA, the grandfather movement, and non-AA. I don’t want to get into whether one is better or worse than the other because as you know I believe that we are all unique and therefore there is no ONE way that is right on our individual sober path and whatever journey you take if it works for you then great!
These links have been of the non-AA variety and I’m re-sharing here:
One suggestion on Wikihow outlines the CORE process, which stands for Commit, Objectify, Respond, Enjoy and they believe that by employing these simple techniques, you can beat the bottle quietly — and for free — in the dignity of your own home. You can read the full details here:
The other was a website called Stop Drinking Alcohol and they maintain that:
Alcoholism is not a disease or something that you are powerless before. It is, in fact, a very bad habit that you’ve allowed to get the better of you. And as soon as you begin to change your behavior, and replace this bad habit with good habits, you will begin to be healthier and happier than you’ve been in a very long time.
I don’t know the answer about is it a disease or whether it is a habit that requires a behaviour change model. Personally I believe it is both – I nursed patients on a ward with alcoholic liver disease so for me it fits the disease model if left unchecked. Plus my own experience has been about behaviour change with psychological support to unpick the underlying reasons why this maladaptive coping mechanism for managing my emotions wasn’t the answer for me any more.
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