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About This Show
Hello, I'm Paul and I've come to the realization that I am an alcoholic. When I start drinking, I cannot stop, despite how many times I tell myself I'm only going out for just a couple. I've lost that battle 99 out of 100 times. I've tried to set boundaries on my drinking like never drink alone, and not before 3pm but several times found myself drinking alone well before 3pm. When I'm not drinking, I feel fidgety, contentious and anxious which eventually leads me back to the bottle. After grappling with alcohol for over a decade and a summer from hell in 2014, I decided on September 7th, I HAVE to stop drinking. The Recovery Elevator Podcast is a medium to help keep me sober in addition to helping other struggling alcoholics quit drinking and maintain a healthy recovery. Don't make the same mistakes I did in early recovery. Hear from guests who are successfully navigating early sobriety. It won't be easy, but you can do this.
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RE 114: Genetic Predispositions to Alcohol
3 days ago
Coral, with 7 months since her last drink, shares her story…… Do we have to say it again? Let’s drop the stigma regarding addiction. The research shows that alcoholics have a genetic predisposition towards alcohol. It is not a character defect, nor a moral weakness. Yet, even after these results are published, about 20% of the general population, along with many psychiatrists still believe that it is a personal weakness. Kenneth Bloom conducted early experiments on neurology and molecular genetics. Hundreds of these experiments showed that alcoholism is hereditary. Many adoption studies have also been done and they show that children with at least 1alcoholic biological parent were 3 to 4 times more likely to become an alcoholic, regardless of their non-alcoholic adoptive parents. When an alcoholic drinks, our neurotransmitters go awry and our bodies break down booze differently than normal drinkers. That’s the facts folks. SHOW NOTES [14:08] Paul Introduces Coral. Coral – I am 32 years old and live in Idaho. I work in an industrial plant. I am married and have a 9 year old son. [16:08] Did you think you had a problem with drinking? Coral – My husband and I have been trying to conceive but after our IVF failed, I went on a 2 week bender, full of self- pity. I would grab a beer first thing in the morning. Drinking was not helping anything. Now it just feels surreal to be sober. I did not think that I could do it. Drinking has always been a part of my life. But being in a recovery program keeps me from getting stagnant. [19:21] When did you realize that you had a problem? Coral – There were plenty of times I told myself that I should slow down. These slow down plans never worked. I would try to limit hard liquor or not drink during the day. Sometimes I was able to slow down but it never lasted long. [22:11] Paul and Coral discuss her bottoms. Coral – One of my worst memories was having some new friends over to my house for a BBQ. I ended up tripping over something in the yard and fell into the fire pit. I was burned over 10% of my body. Even after this, I neve
Rated 5 out of
An awesome resource
Thanks so much for your work on this podcast Paul. It has been a key part of my recovery tool kit! Keep up the awesome work
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of
Thanks for sharing
Stay sober Paul and be sure to tell us how you managed to do it.
Date published: 2015-03-11