I SPENT MOST OF THE PAST WEEK ASSISTING A RELATIVELY YOUNG MAN WITH HIS 20 YEAR BATTLE WITH ALCOHOL ADDICTION.
You could not meet a nicer person. He is also highly intelligent and has a great gift with creativity.
He experienced the tail end of The Troubles and his childhood home was regularly petrol bombed.
And in his past, like many of us, he experienced other traumatic events.
At 17 he started drinking. He discovered that alcohol was, albeit tempory, a painkiller.
Now he is drinking a litre bottle of spirits a day 😥
He got in touchy with me after reading my book A SEXUAL LIFE – A SPIRITUAL LIFE and I invited him to come and have a chat.
The next day I contacted a private GP in Belfast and we both went to see here about her prescribing the drugs he would need for his 7 day detox.
This detox was to take place at The Oratory – with me supervising it under the daily guidance of the prescribing doctor.
The plan then, after detox, was to have him interviewed in a Rehab centre for a 30 day intensive rehab followed by a two years follow up.
All was arranged.
And then my new friend pulled out. He felt he was not ready to detox and rehab and did not like the idea of total abstinence from alcohol for life.
Of course, I remain open to helping him if he decides to go ahead at some future time.
I am a great supporter of the AA – Alcoholics Anonymous. Some individuals seem to be able to do detox and rehab on their own. Some seem to be able to do it with the support of the AA.
But, in my experience, the best and most thorough of becoming permanently sober is to do a professionally supervised detox and rehab.
I’d appreciate readers opinions and experiences.
THE SERENITY PRAYER
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.