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Moderate Drinking vs. Abstinence – Is it Time to Rethink Your “Why?”

If you've been around the MODER8 program for a while, then you've probably read some of my material on abstinence versus moderation. If not, then here are a few thoughts to get you doing a little self-evaluation and think about what may or may not be motivating you to pick one camp or the other. And if you have read this before, then maybe it's time to think about it again and see where you are with your patterns or any denial. So, having said that, you have to determine WHY you want to drink moderately vs. quitting altogether.  Here are [...]

Alcohol Abuse – Genetic Brain Disease or Bad Habit?

This topic may very well be one of the most passionately argued controversies in the addiction community – right up there with politics and religion in the rest of the world. I can tell you if it were simply black and white, the problem would have been “fixed” a long time ago. Alcoholism is really a combination of brain physiology and bad habits involving not only genetic personality traits and vulnerabilities, but learned behavior and “etched” neural pathways in the brain. According to Marc Lewis in Bad Habits Can be Learned and Unlearned, “Addiction is brought about by the repeated [...]

Do You Replace One Bad Habit with Another?

Don’t get me wrong, my primary objective with MODER8 and this site is to help you reduce and control the amount you drink…however it works best for you. I encourage people to identify substitutes for drinking that make them feel good, peaceful, or happy. For some people, they can substitute a reasonable amount of food or other behavior as a treat or reward, but way too often, that substitute becomes another excessive bad habit resulting in the same negative feelings, shame and health problems as overindulging in alcohol creates. Keep a journal and become aware of your other forms of [...]

Our Brains Need LOVE

Valentine’s Day is just a couple days away and of course, just like every other blogger, I’m choosing to write about LOVE. But I want to talk about LOVE and how we as human beings are wired to feel good from love, and how important it is to find love or the good feelings that we get from love in healthy ways. From a basic neuroscientific perspective, our bodies release a hormone called oxytocin that makes us feel good when we are “in love” or when we have romantic bonding or even social interaction. The reason that the drug Ecstasy [...]

Alcoholism and Genetics

Is alcoholism genetic? Is it accurate to say that because your father/mother, grandparents were “alcoholics” that is the reason WHY you have a drinking problem? Not necessarily  - but then again, I don’t know a single person that drinks too much that can say that nobody in their family has had a drinking problem. What we know about genetics and personality traits, including substance abuse – is very limited. Basically because it’s nearly impossible to do the typical scientific studies because it involves a LIVING person’s brain and keeping that person alive!  Adding to that issue is the complexity of [...]

The Importance of Eating (Correctly) When You Drink

How many times have you drunk on an empty stomach because you either wanted to cut calories or else get a faster, more intense buzz?  How did that turn out for you? I would venture to say that some of your worst drinking episodes and blackouts occurred when you were drinking on an empty stomach.  And ultimately, you probably didn’t enjoy the “buzz” because you got wasted too fast, and the reduction of calories did nothing for you because when your body is metabolizing alcohol, fat metabolism is inhibited. Eating when you drink helps you moderate your drinking better.  When [...]

How is Your Drinking Plan Working for You? – It May Be Time to Modify or Create a New One

Do you have a drinking plan? Creating a drinking plan helps to give you guidelines and structure to follow, plus it provides you with personal accountability. If you already have one, how’s it going? You may find that you need to tweak it a bit and break it into smaller, more attainable goals. Taking baby steps in order to make a change can help to improve your success rate. Trying to make too big of a change too quickly can set you up for failure, and ultimately a negative spiral from reduced confidence and self-esteem. It you don’t have a [...]

Recognizing MLK – What’s Your Dream?

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, life and accomplishments, I am reminded of the quote from his famous speech, “I have a dream…” Dreams, if we decide to pursue them, are great sources of positive energy and activity that take our focus away from everyday routine and also give us a reason NOT to turn to drinking or other bad habits in order to feel good. This past weekend I co-hosted the Mental Bootcamp workshop along with form Navy SEAL Brad McLeod (sealgrinderpt.com). One of the key points was to create your own Solution-Focused Strategy of creating the "You" that [...]

Take Action and Make the Change!

I’ve said before and I’ll say it again. You HAVE to have a positive reason to cut back or quit any of your bad habits or you just won’t commit.  That means identifying some areas of your life that are less than ideal – or may even be leading to your turning to substance or bad habits in order to cope – and start putting together plans for change. So right now, take a moment and think about 2 or 3 things that would make your life significantly better. Would it be more money, a better job, losing weight, living [...]

Do You Abuse Alcohol or Other Substances to Avoid Feeling Vulnerable?

I know I have in the past… fear of rejection, fear of loving and losing or having my heart broken…of being judged or criticized…and so to keep from truly experiencing the joy of the moment and dealing with the risk of losing it, I would drink or eat or whatever to avoid the feelings. But when we numb vulnerability we also numb joy and happiness, which becomes a dangerous cycle. According to Brene Brown, PhD, author of “Daring Greatly – How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead,” we do this because we [...]