Why Moderation Never Works with Drugs and Alcohol

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It’s safe to say that everybody just wants to be happy, whatever their version of that means, but we all crave a little slice of pleasure. For some of us alcoholics and addicts, we wanted a few too many slices. Let’s face the reality of the situation, though- the end goal is for everybody to want to feel good and be in a state of relief. Nobody enjoys being placed in uncomfortable situations or being in a form of discomfort- whether that be physically, mentally, or spiritually. So many of us turned to the use of narcotics and alcoholic beverages to provide that ease and high that we so deeply longed for. We got sucked into the grips of insanity and started realizing the hard way that moderation never works and there was no such thing as just a taste. Then the record player skips- leaving us as the only ones left at the party while living in fear becomes oh so normal. The worst part is that while this is going on, we addicts and alcoholics are slowly but surely building a tolerance to the chemical of choice that is causing us such torment. Uh oh. Our bodies and minds are chasing a feeling that is becoming unreachable and requires more and more to achieve. But we never meant any harm right? We just wanted to feel as excellent as possible, but the demons of addiction send wake up calls making sure to remind us that moderation never works and that we can’t cheat the disease even if we try our hardest. Eventually, it all blows up in our faces and getting clean and introducing sobriety into the mixture is the best remedy for the nightmarish situations we as addicts and alcoholics so often put ourselves in.

Can’t Outsmart Alcoholic Thinking

Plain and simple: moderation never works because we are less intelligent than our addiction- in a sense. No, our addictions are not some separate entity from ourselves, but in a manner of speaking, we are not smart enough to beat addiction. Neurology and psychology doctorates and professionals from all over the world have proclaimed their takes on the phenomenon. It is a disorder or disease if you will, that can’t be beaten through logic necessarily. Smarts will not save you or your best friend from sticking a needle in your arm or taking a swig from the glass bottle. True addicts and alcoholics suffer from alcoholic thinking. There’s a reason why only 1 of the 12 steps in recovery has to do with drugs and alcohol and the rest of them have to do with bettering ourselves as human beings.

As human beings in active addiction, we are sick more or less. An addict or alcoholic who has been out binging for periods of time will be clouded by the chemicals and think irrationally at times. Moderation never works for this person and they find themselves in a drunken stupor or speeding off to the races just like that. The minds of us chemically inflicted tell us that we want more and more of the stuff that is making us feel good. This stuff that makes us feel good conjures joy and happy thoughts as if the world will be alright. Something upstairs in the mind of an addict tells them that this feeling is the only way they want to feel from now on. All of the troubles in the world can’t get a hold of you with feelings of such pure ecstasy numbing you from the troubles and stresses of reality. This, of course, is while we’re still climbing the mountain- before we’ve fallen off the peak if you will. Eventually recognizing that moderation never works with this chemically laden satisfaction is a tough certainty to come to. Usually, by the time this is realized, the addict or alcoholic in question is already over their head with substance abuse problems and is just trying to tread water and stay afloat at this point. The time has come to detox our mind and bodies as we take on and recognize this phenomenon of craving that has developed seemingly out of nowhere.

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We see our family members drink half a beer and forget about it. Or a close friend smoke a little bit of marijuana or what have you and is fine. They have their lives together in all the areas that are necessary and we addicts and alcoholics don’t understand what separates us. Why is it that some people can imbibe and have a little fun, walk away from it, and not be obsessed with wanting more of it? Why is it that moderation never works for us but for them? What makes us different and how come we can’t beat it? With this disease comes great mental burden and agony. Torturing ourselves with such questions can be futile because man has not discovered a cure for alcoholism or any roots addiction may have planted. Acceptance comes big into play with the admittance of our demons and learning to move around them than through them. The disease of addiction steals your soul and morphs you into a hollow shell of the person you once were. It’s a harsh reality but once this idea of moderation becomes your goal, it’s all pretty much downhill from there. Once the obsession has been awakened, it’s like a hyperactive gorilla sitting on your back whipping you to do its bidding. The weight of the gorilla is just crushing your hopes, dreams, and daily ambitions without any remorse. This reoccurring thought just constantly appears in your cranium and bounces around even making mere sentences hard to complete. It rules every aspect of your life and the only way to release this heavy load is acting on your addiction. Every inch of your mind has now caved into this fixation and the only choice left is to get high to relieve the mental pressure. That is why moderation never works, the demons are best to be left sleeping once the recovery process has begun.

Don’t Moderate Your Sanity

Life likes to sneak up on people but addiction and alcoholism grab you up by the ankles and flip your whole world upside down. Sure maybe moderation never works, but that doesn’t mean we are destined for unhappiness. Addiction and alcoholism owning you can get old quick- but there are alternatives to being chemically dependent. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-866-802-6848 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.

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.