Is Alcohol Running Or Ruining Your Life?
Once you begin drinking, is it hard for you to stop? Do you often wonder why other people can just have a drink or two while you keep drinking until you are very intoxicated or pass out? Perhaps you feel remorse after a night of drinking, especially if you can’t remember the details of the evening. Or maybe you remember that your “other side” came out, and your angry words or foolish behavior cause you embarrassment, shame and pain. Do you often wake up with a headache, nausea or shaking? Has your alcohol use led to DUIs or other legal problems? Have you struggled in relationships, as friends and family member express concerns about the extent of your drinking? Do you wish you could find a way to control your drinking, be a better parent or spouse and become more productive at work?
Is Drug Abuse Or Addiction Taking Over Your Life?
Are you beginning to wonder if your use or even known abuse of a prescription or an illicit drug is becoming a significant problem? Have you noticed that it takes more and more of the same substance to mitigate pain or achieve a euphoric feeling? Has your use started to impact your ability to function at work or engage meaningfully with friends and family? Perhaps your loved ones have expressed concerns about your mental state and wellbeing. Or, perhaps you’ve suffered legal, monetary, family or professional repercussions as a result of your drug use. While the drugs once made you feel better, are you now beginning to wonder if they’re contributing to an ongoing cycle of pain? Do you wish you could find a way to repair relationships, feel better about yourself and get your life back?
My Relationships with Others::
Do you worry about someone else’s drinking, drug use, gambling or other self destructive behavior?
Have you felt hurt or embarrassed by his/her behavior?
Do you find yourself making excuses for him/her?
When addiction becomes a part of the picture, everyone suffers. You try everything you can to hinder the downward spiral, yet you can do nothing but stand by helplessly and watch. You feel angry, terrified and ridden with guilt. “My love should be enough to heal him,” “What did I do wrong?” “Doesn’t she love me?” “If he would just limit his drinking to the weekends or stay away from the hard liquor,” “If only I love him enough,” “If only I can get her to understand… ,” “If only he had a less stressful job”, “If only, if only…”