Oh, well, perfect topic. One of my school friends is struggling with alchool addiction and anorexia, since 25 years now! One topic I recognize is giving others too much power. She is not going out her home cos she feels too fat, and needs a bottle to face others. In my poor opinion, she lives with a man who is not really helping her, and parents are not helpful neither. Her mom is on the meds side. This means she is been addicted to sedative and other chemicals plus alcover …. I dunno really how she can get on …. her body is very strong; she tried to reach me for help, after trying to reach everybody in our community. She tried rehab a few times, failing. I feel like she is really in “poisoning shelter” where her environement take decisions at her place, and they don’t let her becoming an adult. Sorry for this upsetting story. I appreciate your work here. Antonella
I don’t like it when people say addiction is a problem with distress intolerance. It seems patronizing. Anybody experiencing addiction has to tolerate quite a lot of discomfort just from the addiction itself. If comfort is the main motivator for a drink or drug, we are moving in the wrong direction.
While I know of no “1” cause for addiction, a large amount of people with drinking problems have had some kind of past trauma or unusual difficulty. Because of this, sometimes people need more comfort than others to go through the same life experiences later on. Rather than asking for help that may seem above and beyond what others need, turning to a non-person (drink/substance) to help tolerate emotions that many may not feel on such a regular basis, can leave one feeling just as independent as others. But we’re not. We’re dependent on alcohol.
Giving Others Too Much…
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