Overcoming Alcohol Addiction
In order to truly know what it is like to overcome an addiction, one must have been an
addict themselves. Addiction arises from a habit. A habit is an acquired pattern of behavior that often occurs automatically. An addiction on the other hand is a chronic relapsing brain disease that is damaging and destructive in nature. A habit cannot be damaging and destructive. Habits come from various factors including from people we meet, from the experiences we have encountered in life and from numerous decisions we have made in our life. Addictions come from repetition of certain actions.
Melanie was gracious enough to sit down with me and answer a few questions about addiction. Melanie is a fifty-year-old mother of one and grandmother of two. She is also a recovering alcoholic. I asked her if she could recall when she had her first alcoholic beverage, to which she replied, “Age twelve”. She also said that she could remember her siblings giving her drinks from their cups as early as age five because they thought it was funny. When asked if she started drinking heavily after that or if there was a certain incident that happened that drove her to alcoholism she responded with, “ I do not think there was any certain incident that happened ”. She had five sisters and they were between five and seven years older and they partied all the time. She just wanted to be like them because she looked up to them as role models, not to mention they were always more than willing to give her whatever she wanted. “As I grew older, the more I drank”. “I was very mature for my age, so it was easy for me to get into the bars with my sisters and they knew the bartenders, so we drank all night, every night, for pretty much no charge.
Melanie has been drinking heavily since she was fifteen. She said that she had been an
alcoholic for thirty-five years. Some people would say that alcoholism is hereditary but Melanie
disagreed with that...