First up to be clear, I’m an not saying anything bad about AA. Having sat in many meetings now, I can see the benefits for many.
Not for me though. I cannot accept that alcoloism is a disease. I believe it is an addiction. I believe it’s mostly a psychological addiction though.
I refuse to believe I need to go to meetings for the rest of my life to ensure I don’t drink again.
I quit smoking earlier this year. 3 months now and don’t even consider for a second I will smoke again. I stopped smoking many times in the past. They say nicotine only stays in the body for about 3 weeks. I had been nicotine free for more than 3 weeks many times and yet picked up that cigarette.
What is different this time? I didn’t have the brainwashing as Alan Carr calls it. I was ready to go through the 3 weeks of chemical addiction without the brainwashing caused by slow addiction convincing my mind that I liked something so bad for me. I trained me mind to believe that nothing positive comes from smoking. Takes time but eventually I got there.
I see alcohol the same way. After many years of using it to calm my mind and de-stress, the pychological addiction is hard to get over. But it’s not a disease as claimed in AA. This can be fixed without a life time of going to meetings.
Feeling pretty low today. I started strong after discovering this app. 67 days without a drink. I was happy. Felt good. A few low periods but generally more positive about life without the booze. But after that first reset it went down hill. Now a reset is not as big a deal.
for those on this forum that agree that overcoming the psychological addiction is key, please help me get back on track. I need to get this sorted. I’m not going to spend a lifetime going to meetings. I agree that once a drinker always a drinker. I don’t want to be a normal drinker. I just need some encouragement to stop.
Thanks for reading.