Step Three

Come to accept that the locus of the problem is a mind infected with fear, futility, guilt and pain – the answer to which is a profound shift in consciousness.

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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

Reinstating Choice

Due to the unconscious nature of alcoholism, prior to reading phase two, you probably believed that you were compelled to drink for the rest of your life – the concept of choice seeming absurd. However, having now educated yourself as to the mechanisms of the mind and the essential nature of addiction, you are now an enlightened human being. You have become very aware that you do have a choice: continue drinking alcohol; or drink in the wisdom in this book, take control of your life and embrace your true potential – either way, you will have to accept the consequences. Let’s remind ourselves of the consequences encountered by people who have chosen before you:

Choice 1 Continue drinking – results:  desperation, degradation, fragmentation, embarrassment, paranoia, humiliation, incessant guilt, betrayal, incoherence, strained relationships, aggression, insanity, shakes, sweats, nausea, impotence, loss of vital functions, ruination, insanity and death.

Choice 2 – Abstain and embrace your true potential – results: boundless and limitless opportunities, respect, purposeful living, meaningful relationships, fulfilment, inspiration, serenity, creativity, freedom, abundance, adventure, joy, happiness and wholeness.

Now it’s your turn. Do you want to continue on the downward spiral towards destruction, or change wine into water and embrace your boundless potential? The choice is yours. This book is not intent on persuading you to quit drinking; its objective is to inform choice. Choice, unlike hope, leaves no room for failure.

 

 ‘Destiny is not a matter of chance,

it is a matter of choice;

it is not a thing to be waited for,

it is a thing to be achieved.’

William Jennings Bryan

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Withdrawal Symptoms

‘I once dreaded alcohol withdrawal,

until I realised it signified

the end of my association with the thing

that was killing me!’

Paul Henderson

 

Alcohol withdrawal is the body’s way of re-adjusting to the sudden absence of alcohol after prolonged or heavy drinking. When you imbibe alcohol it stimulates neurotransmitters – chemical messengers – in your brain. These chemical messengers are known as Gamma-AminoButyric Acid, but because I can’t say that even while sober, I will refer to them as GABA!

 

The function of GABA is to inhibit over-excitation of the brain; put simply, this means it induces relaxation and sleep. When GABA is mixed with alcohol, this effect can increase to such an extent that it results in sedation of many of the critical functions controlled by the brain: motor control, vision, and many other cortical functions. Alcohol greatly enhances the effects of GABA. Prolonged drinking causes the brain to crave more alcohol in order to sustain this quieting effect. As a consequence, when a person cuts off the alcohol supply abruptly, the brain rebels and withdrawal symptoms begin.

 

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Now watch  the video below which summarises steps 1,2 and 3 

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