Alcohol Addiction would have been the last thing I thought Allan suffered from, when I meet my friend and guest. I originally met Allan as my personal trainer, so when he opened up to me about his recovery as an alcoholic I was surprised because he is just so fit! What shocked me most was when he shared that he used to get up and have vodka and orange juice for breakfast everyday. It was almost like he was talking about someone else; one of his clients who lived an unhealthy lifestyle.
Allan had his first drink at age 16. His social drinking then escalated over the years to a full blown drinking problem. By age 35, he was an alcoholic. His alcoholism lasted just over a decade. He was 44 years old when he began to address it. I think this is so powerful. It took him 10 years to figure it out–that you don’t FIGURE IT OUT if you continue to numb because you never deal with the real feelings you are trying to avoid.
Addiction is so prevalent in society right now that I feel this is a really important story to cover. So many people are using substances, people or things to numb their anxieties and pain. Numbing tools can be anything from food, sex, alcohol and drugs. We live in a numbing culture even though avoiding our problems never solves them. We end up lifeless, unavailable and unable to experience life.
Do you know someone who has lived through substance abuse? What were the early signs of addiction?
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