Originally Posted by Gottalife
Abstaining alone was almost an act of controlling drinking, tense white knuckle stuff with no real point to it other than not drinking. I could never sustain it for long.
Recovery on the other hand has been about a complete change of personality sufficient to make drinking redundant. Replacing the old life with something much better where drinking has no place and is no threat.
Yes Gottalife, your post is essentially framed as it's written in The Doctor's Opinion from the text Alcoholics Anonymous re: an ENTIRE PSYCHIC CHANGE ....IT READS....
"Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false. To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one. They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks-drinks which they see others taking with impunity. After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an ENTIRE PSYCHIC CHANGE there is very little hope of his recovery."