For the Alcoholics

I really enjoyed this post today by Tom Stringham at Virtuous Society. Love the photo, too!

Virtuous Society

There is a plague that has become more real to me over the last few years, as I have met more and more people who have been affected by alcohol dependence. According to the World Health Organization, 6.1% of men and 2.8% of women in the US were dependent on alcohol in 2004. In the United Kingdom, 7.5% of men and 2.1% of women were dependent. There was no data for Canada, but if alcohol consumption is a guide, then its rates are comparable. At an adult population of about 25 million in Canada, we can guess reasonably that around a million people in Canada are dependent on alcohol. Something like 10 million Americans and 2 million Britons are affected.

The figures are staggering. When numbers become this large, it is impossible to directly comprehend their size. What the data implies statistically, however, is the virtual certainty that you know…

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    • Great article! Thank you for the link. I hadn’t seen it. It’s so true about women and wine and shame and insecurity. I love the promising new medicines and have benefitted from them myself! I get it about women not being helped by messages of powerlessness. It’s so tough to grasp. In the AA world the powerlessness is in relation to alcohol. In a spiritual sense I like how we switch our dependencies from alcohol andan to God where dependence (on God) is the only healthy kind of dependence. I wonder is the pleasure centers of our brains are also where we experience God? Depression medicines are easy to take because we want to avoid feelings of despair. Addiction medicines are a little different because we know if we take them we won’t feel euphoria! So I bet compliance in taking addiction medicines is tough. I read the article and am typing from my phone do sorry if this reply is jumbled! Ha ha thanks again for sending the link I have shared it with others.

  1. Maybe I’ll be a recovering Catholic alcoholic someday. I love your posts, Number 9, and I love your blog. You give me more inspiration then you will ever know. Love, Number 4.

  2. I don’t want to be drunk anymore. I want to be more Catholic. I want both. i think. I do. God’s been helping me for years, but I don’t appreciate it. Lo siento. I love your posts, Number 9. xoxo HUGS! haha

  3. I don’t want to hit rock bottom. It’s funny, if you think about it. I already have
    hit rock bottom. 10 times. But, I still don’t get it. Sorry, Number 9. I love your posts. Absolutely. You are truly my inspiration.
    thank you. Sarah

    • Hi Sarah this alcoho is a heavy heavy cross 😦 through which we must keep praying that God give us the strength to carry. It’s so heavy that sometimes we just have to put it down or fall. We have to make ourselves rely on God and not on our own strength. It’s really heavy, too heavy for some. A fellow alcoholic in my meetings killed himself a couple of days ago because he couldn’t pick this heavy cross back up after relapsing. He leaves a beautiful wife and 1 year old baby girl.

  4. I came to sobriety via my Catholic faith and nine months after my mother died from alcoholism. My father was 12 years sober when he passed away in 1996. I am a cradle Catholic as well. It has been my Catholic faith and my complete and total trust in Jesus that has kept me sober for over 12 years. My sobriety date is March 15th, 2001. I am a number 1 out of 4. Number 2 is now sober and I pray that 3 and 4 will join us one day. God Bless you number 9.

    • Oh Debbie thank you so much for your comment here. There are SO MANY of us. It helps to know we are not alone in this and I think God wants us to all be in this together. CONGRATULATIONS on 12 years. So incredible!

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