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“Our introduction was not dramatic; it wasn't love at first sight, I don't even remember my first taste of alcohol. The relationship developed gradually, over many years, time punctuated by separations and reunions. Anyone who's ever shifted from general affection and enthusiasm for a lover to outright obsession knows what I mean: the relationship is just there, occupying a small corner of your heart, and then you wake up one morning and some indefinable tide has turned forever and you can't go back. You need it; it's a central part of who you are.”
This is from a book called, Drinking: A Love Story, highly recommended. Probably the most powerful books I’ve read in my life.
Cutting back doesn't really work, as far as I'm concerned. Once you're at that point, you really need absitence. Books help, sure. You shouldn't rely on them. Have you read this book? I'd check it out if you haven't. It really resonates with alcoholics, especially me
Drinking: A Love Story https://www.amazon.com/dp/0385315546/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Q5VNybFP0FQ67
Drinking, A Love Story is an amazing book. It's like she was articulating my relationship to alcohol.
Congrats! YOU CAN DO THIS!!! I know you didn't ask for a reading recommendation, but that rarely stops me: https://www.amazon.com/Drinking-Love-Story-Caroline-Knapp/dp/0385315546 - I've read this book 4-5 times over the years, it's literally that good (plus other books this author has written). Even if you don't usually read for pleasure, do yourself a favor, and ORDER a copy of this book to read! (It looks like there's 100's of used copies for sale, both paperback and hardcover, starting at $1.99 each - so no excuses!) hehe
What an excellent idea! It really is like breaking up with a comforting but eventually abusive SO, isn’t it?
Btw, if you’ve never read Caroline Knapp’s “Drinking: A Love Story,” I highly recommend it!
Edit to add link: https://www.amazon.com/Drinking-Love-Story-Caroline-Knapp/dp/0385315546
Plenty of people do a "30 Day No Alcohol Challenge" for health reasons -- google it and see what tactics work for them. If you can achieve that, then you've won 90% of the battle. Don't tell yourself you have to stop drinking FOREVER, just for 30 lousy days, and while that month passes, substitute other "vices" for drinking (in moderation of course!) like pineapple juice & club soda "mocktails" or chocolate, or going out bowling, or a bubblebath, or a nice scenic drive in the car, or your favorite movie....ANYTHING but drinking booze! I cannot recommend this book enough: https://www.amazon.com/Drinking-Love-Story-Caroline-Knapp/dp/0385315546 -- I've read it 3-4 times over the years, and her voice is so authentic and gripping, it's just an amazing book (and very easy reading too) so powerful, so well-written. Good luck to you!
This was the book, if you want to understand better your friend: https://www.amazon.com/Drinking-Love-Story-Caroline-Knapp/dp/0385315546
There is a lot of literature about recovery from addiction. Two of my favorite memoirs are Caroline Knapp's Drinking, A Love Story and Mike Doughty's The Book of Drugs.
<strong>Drinking: A Love Story</strong> by Caroline Knapp.
<strong>The Book of Drugs</strong> by Mike Doughty.
EDIT: these are both personal recovery stories/memoirs.
Here is a book that you may find interesting: