WISE WORDS

On Alcohol:

 
Positive Negative
   
I drank for happiness...  ...and became unhappy
I drank for joy...  ...and became miserable
I drank for sociability...  ...and became argumentative
I drank for sophistication...  ...and became obnoxious
I drank for friendship...  ...and made enemies
I drank for sleep...  ...and awoke unrested
I drank for strength...  ...and became weak
I drank medically...  ...and acquired health problems
I drank for for relaxation... ...and got anxious
I drank for confidence... ...and became doubtful
I drank to make conversation easier... ...and slurred my own speech
I drank to find Heaven... ...and woke up in hell
I drank to forget... ...and became forever haunted
I drank for freedom... ...and became a slave
I drank to erase problems... ...and saw them multiply
I drank to cope with life... ...and invited death
 
Mark Leigh - May 2005

 

On change:

"Change is inevitable - improvement is optional." - (anon.)

On users:

The user is the only one who can stop their use, and to achieve this they must recognise that it's having a detrimental effect on their life and make the decision to address this.  Once they do so there is lots of help available, but you and they should always remember the following

"Other people, however skilled they may be, never make a drinker or drug user better. It is always the client who does the work. Helping professionals can make assessments, point the way, offer suggestions, provide interventions tailored to meet a client’s needs, give appropriate counselling, and do what they can to improve the client’s environment, but success, when it comes, always belongs to the client, never to the professional worker."

(From How Clients Make Therapy Work: The Process of Active Self-Healing by Arthur C. Bohart and Karen Tallman)

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