Why Character Defects Don’t Go Away Just Because You Get Sober

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Thinking of everything that has plagued mankind since the beginning can be overwhelming. There’s been measles, mumps, and all sorts of bumps. There’s been cancers, AIDS, and rat-infested plagues. Then there is the camouflage disease. The stealthy sickness. The obsessive madness. This, of course, would be alcoholic thinking and the delusions it contrives.  

Alcoholic thinking is a disease that shares some of the same properties that many other disorders and/or irregularities have, but is still one of a kind. For starters, it is completely unwarranted. Nobody fully welcomes abscessed arms, burnt lips, or liver pains- but the irrationality of the disease takes them there. Like it or not.

Alcoholism is not a biologically degenerative condition nor a contagious one like the properties that some other illnesses may possess, but it is a sickness in the same mirrored conception. Any and everybody’s quality of life will become deeply affected by the prominent character defects that alcoholic thinking feeds into. You see, addiction is a mental disease that will change the holiest of beings into inebriated demons. There are no limitations or exceptions to it. The only way to thrive through the slavery that is an addiction is to understand what makes the beast of a disease tick.   

Licensed To Kill

The idea that addiction is a disease speaks for the character defects that follow. It literally steals souls as it launches that person into a world of delusion. However, this is not an entire justification for behaviors that follow. The fact that alcoholic thinking can be corrected is where the fine line between rationality and irrationality lie.

Alcoholic thinking is the disease and alcoholism is merely a symptom of it. You see, we can have an addict or an alcoholic dealing with the obsessive character defects like insanity even when there are no substances ravaging thru the bloodstream. Unfortunately, insanity it just a broad generalization of the sloppy attributes that are usually accompanied by the disease. A few common character defects to occur in addicts include:

  • Dishonesty
  • Laziness
  • Selfishness
  • Anger
  • Disassociation
  • Poor Decisions
  • Immorality or Loss of Values

Those are just a few to mention, but the list could be much larger if we had the time. That all being said, remaining that addiction is a disease is vital because it instills the fact that none of the character defects just come or go in the night. It takes time for an addiction to grow into its monstrous potential. It is always on the psychological back burner, recovery just stops it from catching everything on fire.

No Ruby Red Slippers

The disease of alcoholic thinking causes continually poor decisions to be made- thus resulting in behaviors that become us. That’s the power addiction has on addicts and alcoholics of the like. It changes the way a person processes and rationalizes things in their lives. Addiction is a disease because of how it ropes the affected person into seeking harmful patterns and behaviors despite the detrimental results that follow.

For people of this inflicted nature, addiction can be described similarly that of to a schizophrenic imbalance. The character defects of any alcoholic thinker are already dysfunctional in practice, but then adding an obsessive compulsion to drink day and night really takes things to their max. A using addict versus an addict that has dropped the substances are entirely different, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that either one is better than the other. It boils down to the work that is being put into self- substances or no substances. Treating alcoholic thinking isn’t just about tapping your shoes together and dropping the bottle just because it’s empty. To treat this imbalance, there is action to be had.

Shoo Defects- Go Away

Actually getting rid of the character defects alcoholic thinking causes is a matter of comprehending our thought patterns; what makes us go go go. It’s a matter of understanding ourselves and why we make the choices we do. Alcoholic thinking will feed off the rawness of those character defects dwelling inside if we allow it. This is just the nature of the disease, not much we can do but pay attention.

A wise man once said, “Watch your thoughts because your thoughts become your words. Watch your words because your words become your actions. Watch your actions because your actions become your habits. Watch your habits because your habits become your life. Watch your life because your life will become death”. Those in recovery learn the tools to work on those character defects that will try to become our lives. They do not dictate who we are unless we decide to let them.

It is often that alcoholic thinking disguises the not so pretty attributes. Drinking or getting loaded on any substances will only put on further layers to the masks being worn. This is why it is imperative that alcoholics sober up before they can work on themselves in an effective manner. It’s a constant conscious effort to deal with but that of which saves lives. Everybody makes mistakes, but some let their flaws shine brighter than others. As addicts choosing recovery, we are introduced to a world of metaphorical mirrors that put us so far ahead of the rest of society. In the end, we decide whether we want those character defects to weigh us down or if we’d prefer to break free and fly.

Sleeping Greatness  

Addicts and alcoholics have more potential than most other individuals that have walked the planet. It’s astounding how much-hidden potential lies beneath the alcoholic character defects that are allowed to blossom in some cases. Getting clean and dropping the chemicals will be the first step in changing that character. If you or a loved one is struggling with chemical dependency and are ready for help, please call 888-481-1993 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. We are ready to give you any suggestions possible and set you or your loved one on a path that we can all be proud of.

Content Reviewed by Jacklyn Steward

Jacklyn StewardJacklyn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and an EMDR trained trauma therapy specialist with over 6 years of experience in the field of addiction. She has a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.