Thursday, 24 June 2010

The Alcoholic's Silver Lining

Briefly (as I am about to go to the gym with Jane) here is an example of how a bad alcoholic experience can generate some good.

Some time ago Jane found herself in hospital after a binge and had an unnecessary appendix operation (she had stomach pains) that went wrong causing real health problems with breathing and cognitive abilities.

This has kick started a training regime to regain her health. How good is that?

As I go to a gym attached to a really good hospital every Friday, she is joining me this morning. OK, once a week is not much but it is better than nothing and if done consistently over a long period real benefits can be accrued.

For Jane it is very important. Not just going to a gym but the whole process of being positive and improving health. It is great for her self-esteem. Low self-esteem is a factor in alcoholism.

Hard exercise has a fantastic effect on the state of the mind as well as the body. You feel better, more up for the challenges of the day.

This is exactly what Jane needs to combat the pull to drink again. And I need it too so that I feel better, healthier and more able to cope with life challenges and am not talking about Jane and her drinking but just the day to day grind and boredom of living. I find life quite boring sometimes and have done for years.

Why the photo? Nice pic, optimistic and bright...Photo By .craig

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for this blog. I too, am with an alcoholic and it takes courage to write. Thank you for being a shoulder, an ear, and the gift of honesty.
    Your blog found in the middle of the night, gave me the courage to keep reading and keep hoping.
    Your blog is read dear one.

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  2. Response to last comment - thanks for it! It is nice to know someone somewhere reads it sometimes!

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I'd like to hear the experiences of both alcoholics and the victims of alcoholics, please.