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An alcoholic carries an awful load around with him. What a load lying puts on your shoulders! Drinking makes liars out of all us alcoholics. In order to get the liquor we want, we have to lie all the time. We have to lie about where we've been and what we've been doing. A man who's lying is only half alive, because of the constant fear of being found out. When you come into A.A., and get honest with yourself and with other people, that terrible load of lying falls off your shoulders.

‘I lied about my drinking’: David Cassidy drank to his death ‘to cover up the sadness’

Fans flushed with worry when David Cassidy — the beloved singer from “The Partridge Family” whose song “I Think I Love You” became an anthem for young romantics everywhere — nearly fell off the stage duringa disastrous concert in Agoura Hills, Calif., in February 2017.
That was only part of the problem. He also couldn’t remember the lyrics to many of his older songs and, as captured in a video obtained by TMZ, he slurred his words throughout the show. Many fans reached the same sorrowful conclusion: It appeared Cassidy had fallen off the wagon.

Accepting Life

“Some things we must accept, others we can change. The wisdom to know the difference comes with growth in our spiritual program.”
Basic Text, p. 95
 
It’s relatively easy to accept the things we like—it’s the things we don’t like that are hard to accept. But remaking the world and everyone in it to suit our tastes would solve nothing. After all, the idea that the world was to blame for all our problems was the attitude that kept us using—and that attitude nearly killed us.
In the course of working the steps, we begin to ask ourselves hard questions about the roles we ourselves have played in creating the unacceptable lives we’ve lived.

Alcohol and Sleep

Alcohol causes drowsiness. This has led to the popular misconception that it can aid sleep. Up to 20 percent of Americans report using alcohol as a sleep aid. However, alcohol negatively impacts the quality of your sleep, as well as how long you can expect to sleep. Alcohol consumption before bed causes interrupted sleep, due to side effects such as night sweats and disturbed REM sleep.
Alcohol dependence and sleep disorders are often co-morbid – people suffer both at the same time. Alcohol-related sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea, and daytime fatigue.

What Is Dry Drunk Syndrome?

Many know the answer to the question “what is dry drunk syndrome?”, but sometimes the family members or close loved ones do not.
So what is dry drunk syndrome? It is when an alcoholic is not drinking, yet they are still exhibiting the same behaviors they did while drinking. For example, a dry drunk can be someone who is a violent person while drinking, but remains violent even after the drink has been removed. Though the alcohol has been removed,the family is still experiencing chaos, if not even more so than before.

Addiction

A lot of people don’t know, a lot of people can’t imagine. I have a disease that you can’t see. Some people don’t think it’s a disease. Some people think it’s u...sed as an excuse. Some people think I had a choice or could just STOP. I fight stigma every day. I experience death more than the average person. I also experience compassion more than the average person. I am insecure and fearful more than most. I have a past due to animalistic behavior and survival. I have a future due to finding freedom from my disease.

The Brain Chemistry Of Overcoming Addiction

The Holy Grail of addiction science is to fully understand the neurological structures and processes that cause addiction and shape addicts’ behavior.
Traditionally, this task was left to psychology, which laid down the core theories based on the symptoms displayed and the behavior exhibited. This is analogous to determining the likely issue with a malfunctioning car based on the sounds emitted from the engine or how it reacts when you push the brakes.
Advances in imaging technology — notably through the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) — have enabled scientists to delve deeper into what’s going on inside the brain and develop a robust understanding of the neurology and biochemistry of overcoming addiction.

Scientists hope to reverse alcoholic mush brain, prevent recovery relapse

We know that alcohol turns the brain to mush, as they say.
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute want to know just what’s in that “mush.” They also hope to find ways to make the brain fresh again with newly developed Pharma treatments.
The esteemed research organization announced Tuesday it has received a $10 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction to further its work.
“There hasn’t been a new pharmacological treatment for alcohol dependence in decades,” Barbara Mason of Scripps La Jolla explained in a news release.

10 Defeating Attitudes in Early Sobriety and How To Combat Them

Getting sober is one of, if not the hardest thing that us addicts will ever have to do. The journey to long term recovery is a hard one, often bumpy and filled with difficult personal and emotional challenges. Here are some thoughts and belief systems that commonly come up for us amongst early sobriety to be aware of, watch out for, and discard when they creep in!
1. The Non Sober People Are More Fun
Addicts in general, myself included spend our time trying to do WHATEVER we can to “feel good” in the moment.

Addiction

#Addiction is the search for emotional satisfaction—for a sense of security, a sense of being loved, even a sense of control over life. But the gratification is temporary and illusory, and the behavior results instead in greater self-disgust, reduced psychological security, and poorer coping ability. That’s what all addictions have in common.  
- Stanton Peele

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