3 Facing Alcoholism: Honesty-Making a List of our Faults- Warts and All

Overcoming Alcoholism

Overcoming Alcoholism

By Boomeryearbook.com

Alcoholics can be a self pitying lot! Sometimes, even in the face of enormous encouragement, they will see themselves as being unsupported, unloved and uncared for. Recovering alcoholics approaching the point where they recognize their problem, facing it head on and achieving some success in turning away from their addiction, must nonetheless still undertake a process of self analysis to understand how to conquer further temptation.

Stage three in the process of alcohol recovery involves taking a long and hard look in the mirror and sometimes admitting the reflection is not particularly attractive. Long term alcoholics, some of whom suffer with elderly problems alongside their alcohol dependency, may find the journey through the process of self analysis incredibly difficult and fraught with self doubt and anger at having to go through the ordeal.

Steps in Alcohol Recovery

Steps in Alcohol Recovery

‘Warts and all’ is a concept we all enjoy when it involves hearing of someone else’s shortcomings but not necessarily our own; especially when we approach our older baby boomer years and possibly have to deal with elderly problems. Some of us harbour the attitude that because we are getting on in life, our faults should be overlooked or ignored out of respect to our age. Even people who are not alcoholics are susceptible to this indulgence; people who are alcohol dependant are inclined to pounce on any loophole that will allow a little leniency and this is the exact time when strict self examination is crucial to success.

The third stage toward recovery is a time of reflection and taking stock of progress made, along with a determination to continue on the road to sobriety. For those who are baby boomers and have a few more years under their belt, the process is no different to that which must be undertaken by a thirty year old. Elderly problems offer no excuse for sitting back and protesting, “Oh I can be cut a little slack at my age”. No, no. The entire process of recovery from alcohol addiction is stapled to a firm resolve to change completely and forever.
Alcoholism is no easy beast to slay. The symptoms of withdrawal, even in the mildest form, are unpleasant and debilitating, especially if they are aggravated by elderly problems. A recovering alcoholic might suffer vomiting, loss of appetite, insomnia, sweats, tremors, involuntary twitching, headaches and a racing or irregular heart rate. Any of these symptoms would cause anxiety in most people but for an alcoholic they represent an excuse to give in. More severe withdrawal might include convulsions, hallucinations, delirium, DT’s and black outs.
Stage three is protracted and difficult. Not only is the alcoholic acutely uncomfortable and suffering from physical symptoms, which might also be combined with the symptoms of elderly problems, he or she will be aware that they are less than half way to complete recovery.
It is hardly surprising then that many alcoholics who have come through all twelve stages of recovery view stage three as one of the most difficult and label it the ‘fork in the road’.

Alcoholic Recovery: Honesty Making a List of our Faults Warts and All is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of baby boomers psychological coaching tips and how to alleviate elderly problems. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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