Advice On Giving Up Alcohol....
* And, unfortunately, regarding the food dependency, the churches, even many places of recovery do not understand how much the dependence on food is serious especially sugar ... which of more and more reports show may be more addictive than cocaine. I have attended Christian Restoration meetings that also include Food Addict groups and yet after the MTG they serve desserts, etc., which most of us have 'Absent, just as an alcoholic abstains from alcohol.
* I lied to my parents and went to a party at a friend's house where we drank cheap red wine and those sweet coolers with all the cool kids. I did not like it very much but I kept going after all, it was worth it, look at how I love myself now. I already smoked a pack day, what was a little alcohol? And a year later, I had more regrets than every fifteen years should have. At seventeen, I decided to follow God for myself.
* It was then that I discovered that drinking was all we had in common. Then they sneakily started trying to make me drink, and I had visions of punches on their faces. So during the first two weeks, I ended up avoiding people when it was possible. It looks like a chicken out, but it allowed me to go through the first few points without hurting a lot of people, and I almost did not kill anyone.
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* Personally, I have to treat myself as the recovering addict that I am, I can not touch what I'm hooked on. It was so scary, but the grace of God is so much greater! So with your sister. The Holy Spirit has been pressing his thumb in this area in a very dramatic way these past few weeks. This morning, I started a new journey to health and I no longer self-medicate with food. Oh, damn, and I recently swore the tea - it's not tea, it's milk, I do not like tea without milk, and I think milk aggravates my chronic pain.
* Glad to have found your writing! "I began to see how our culture has become focused on alcohol. To see just how much our pleasure is about wine or beer or any form of alcohol ... "Reading your beautiful part, I thought of my own addictions food and pills. I have almost died of diabetes and addiction to food binge eating, EC and it is a miracle that I am still alive. In 1987, I was a young pastor, with two young girls and my husband had just started another church.
* In the old hard business days, my dad never fired his diet coke once. Their relationships with some family members got strained because no one remembered going out without a beer. They tried not to judge others but they knew what they knew. For them, it was not even a choice to stop drinking, it was just what they were now. They tied their identity intact and never looked back. It's been about thirty years since this decision now.
* I praise God for the protection He has providentially given me in the form of my husband, even before knowing that it was ultimately for ME. I am an adult child of an alcoholic. In my youth, I have drunk a few times, but honestly, I can not afford to go. I fear that my addictive and compulsive personality will engage me in the same way as my father. I can not sacrifice my family and my life on the altar of a drink.
The CAGE questionnaire,four questions, is a used screening test for problem drinking of Alcohol.