Friday, June 20, 2014

Misconceptions About Alcoholics

A homeless person sleeping on a street in Clev...
A homeless person sleeping on a street in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are many misconceptions about what an alcoholic is. Some of the stereotypes can allow an active alcoholic to live in denial about his problem. If a person believes an alcoholic is a poor, homeless person, living under a bridge, and drinks liquor from a brown paper bag, he can distance himself from that image. He can tell himself he is not an alcoholic.

Some of the most common stereotypes of an alcoholic are someone who drinks every day, drinks when they wake up, is physically or verbally aggressive, drinks from a brown paper bag, and suffers from blackouts. Some may think an alcoholic is someone who has completely messed up his life, has lost contact with his family, and drinks alone.

Of course some alcoholics may fit into some of these categories, but many do not. Many active alcoholics are successful professionals. They have money, respect from their colleagues, and are loved by friends and family. A few have never experienced blackouts. Some are high functioning alcoholics, which means they can hold down jobs, relationships, and responsibilities without incident.

Although some alcoholics are high functioning, it doesn't mean they don't need help.  Alcohol claims the lives of thousands every year. There are many health issues associated with abusing alcohol that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Another myth is that alcoholics need to hit rock bottom before they are able to recover. This means some people believe a problem drinker has to lose everything before he can get better, which is not true. Some people in recovery have “high bottoms” meaning they didn’t suffer extreme consequences when they decided to ask for help. Recovery can happen at any time, it’s up to the individual alcoholic to decide when he has had enough.

Some people believe when they give up alcohol, their lives will be empty and boring. This misconception is absolutely false. There are plenty of fun, exciting things to do in recovery, which don’t involve drugs or alcohol. The more time you have in sobriety, the more self-confidence you will build. This means it will become easier to build new friendships, overcome your fears, and embark on new adventures.

If you feel you have a problem with substance abuse, now’s the time to get help. Passport to Recovery offers a list of wonderful drug and alcohol treatment centers that can show you how to build a new sober life.

1 comment:

  1. As always, such beautiful words from you. I strongly admire your honest stance, on what many of us consider being normal drinking habits. People must know this. drug rehab portland