ALCOHOLISM

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a broad term for any drinking of alcohol that results in problems. It was previously divided into two types: alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.

With Time

 

too much is lost

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Creator - DHANE TAYLOR

At first glance, and certainly because of the title card in the end, this piece is about the devastation that drunk driving can cause. And while With Time is this, it was not born out of my own personal experience associated with loss from driving under the influence. Rather, it stems from the profound connection I seem to have when it comes to a relationship between a father and child.

From the start, I didn’t want villain-ize Dr. Mustache’s character in the real world, which is why I gave him an opportunity to express grief and apologize. Rather, in Trey’s flawed approach to coping with grief, we find his warped view on reality.

Often, when some conversation would end up on the question, “what is your greatest fear?”, my answer would always be the same: losing a loved one. Every movie that put that relationship in jeopardy would invariably lead me to hold back tears. When Adam Sandler (I know) hobbles into the pouring rain after his children in Click, I lose it. As Matt Damon tries to hold his family together in We Bought a Zoo, I cannot help but root for his successes.

This film is dedicated to parents, or anyone, for that matter, who have lost a loved one in any way. As in the final moment of my film, I believe that we can find some respite from grief as we share our burdens with others. There is hope in the love that brings.

Myths about Alcoholism.

The Only Way to Get Better is to Hit “Rock Bottom - This myth allows alcoholics at any stage in their disease to rationalize their drinking. While some alcoholics do lose everything before they decide to seek treatment, people should and do seek help before they reach this point.

Drinking Culture is Harmless - In our culture alcohol is ever present. After work you’re expect to meet coworkers for happy hour. Binge drinking is viewed as a harmless rite of passage during college and drunken escapades are often considered funny even if they cause significant harm.

You have a job, you’re not an alcoholic! - Thinking this way causes two major problems. First, it gives those alcoholics whose drinking is not yet negatively interfering with their job an excuse to rationalize and deny their drinking. Second, it increases the shame associated with alcohol dependence. 

Alcoholics Must go to AA - Alcoholics Anonymous can be very helpful for people fighting alcoholism. But the recovery community is not limited to one way of doing things. Maintaining sobriety and establishing a fulfilling life outside of addiction is a unique journey for everyone.

Sobriety is Boring - A lot of people mistakenly assume that after they get sober, life will be boring. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the vibrancy and support that can be found in the recovery community is unlike any other. 

What is out there to help?

First thing to know is that you are not alone. There are many people around you that will offer a helping hand if you reach out. Below are a few organizations that can help get you on the road to recovery.

AA. Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements.

SMART RECOVERY. SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.

SECULAR SOBRIETY. is a nonprofit network of autonomous, non-professional local groups, dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety/abstinence from alcohol and drug addiction, food addiction and more.

Treatment

  • Therapies, Support group, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Aversion therapy, Family therapy, Behavior therapy, Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Group psychotherapy
  • Treatment Centers, Residential and out patient detox from substances.
  • Self-management strategies, Abstinence can and does work for some people.
  • Medication, Treats chronic alcoholism by decreasing cravings or by causing unpleasant side effects when alcohol is consumed.

There is always hope and answers if you move towards them. The answers are there and the support too.