IS THERE A HIDDEN ALCOHOLIC IN YOUR LIFE?
Doug Thorburn, in his excellent, informative book How To Spot Hidden Alcoholics—Using Behavioral Clues to Recognize Addiction in its Early Stages explains why most attempts to conquer problem drinking fail.
He uses numerous examples and case histories to demonstrate how subtle, seemingly innocuous behaviors are often early indicators of alcoholism that occur long before the alcoholic has lost control over his drinking.
JUST AS CANCER STARTS IN A FEW CELLS AND SPREADS, ALCOHOLISM STARTS SMALL AND PROGRESSES TO A FATAL DISEASE
Some EARLY WARNING SIGNS include:
- Lying or twisted logic
- Belittling others
- Poor conduct
- Assigning inappropriate blame to others
- “Supreme Being” Complex
- Sense of “invincibility
Thorburn notes in the introduction that “One of the surprising things about alcoholism is how little most experts know. The main problem is that the definition they have agreed upon fails to describe the affliction in its early stages.
As a result, the current practice of identifying alcoholism is comparable to ‘waiting until tumors become the size of basketballs before diagnosing cancer.’ Yet, almost every alcoholic shows signs of the disease years or even decades before it progresses into obvious latter-stage alcoholism.”
The premise of Thorburn’s book is that we can, and must- identify early-stage alcohol and other drug addiction if we are to prevent tragedies. These include the breakup of families, domestic violence, highway slaughter, the destruction of financial and emotional health and even murder.
By identifying alcoholism in its early stages, proactively imposing consequences and intervening, we significantly increase the odds of stopping the inevitable progression of the disease before an all-too-common tragic end.
I have been studying alcoholism for years, and find Thorburn’s ideas on the subject to be the most progressive and sound.
The ignorance that prevails in our society on this disease is mind-boggling. It usually “takes a tragedy” to lead people to become educated on this complex disease.
Alcoholism affects every aspect of a person; mind, body and soul. It behooves us all to learn as much as possible on the subject. Social drinking can easily cross over into alcoholism, if one is genetically predisposed.
Doug Thorburn’s work can truly prevent tragedy. Visit his website and learn all you can. Subscribe to his excellent, free newsletter too: