This story is about my friend, Jenny. She was a heavy drinker for 10 years. She never admitted to herself and to her family that she was an alcoholic, because despite her drinking habit, she can still function well, provides the needs of the family, send her kids to school, and can function well at work. Jenny may look good on the outside, but is surely struggling on the inside.
For 10 years, there was not a single day wherein she hadn’t drunk alcohol. Jenny’s drinking pattern was not the typical one where one likes to drink with others. She didn’t go out with friends to have a drink, or go to bars; she just simply drank at home. She always tried to quit, but she just simply couldn’t resist avoiding drinking alcohol.
Today, 12 years later, Jenny is a recovering alcoholic. Just like with other people who were also recovering from alcohol abuse, it took her a lot of hard work and determination to participate in self-help groups and lots of effort to change her habits that supports her addiction. At first, Jenny didn’t think that she could change. She never thought that she was capable of learning the coping skills needed to get through this life’s challenge.
Jenny says that she almost gave up recovery, especially during the early stages of the treatment process. Admitting to her family and friends that she was an alcoholic was one of the hardest things she had to face. But, as she continued to recover, therapists and counselors helped her believe that the first step of the recovery process is accepting the disease of addiction and acknowledging that alcohol can take control, but that she can do something about it. Once you admit that you have a problem, and you’ll be more powerful to beat alcoholism.
During Jenny’s stay in the rehab, she said that finding spirituality directed her on the road towards healing. When Jenny was in recovery, she knew that she had to pray and she had to find God that she could believe in. Jenny can now proudly say that there is a spirit within her that can give her strength and help her remain sober.
Through accepting her disease and seeking help from God, the rehabilitation center became her way to start working the steps towards recovery and she began to see changes in her life. Jenny began repairing her relationships with family and friends, and she felt whole again. Jenny always says that not every day in the recovery is a good day, but she was able to find enough motivation and determination not to drink alcohol even during the difficult days.
Today, Jenny has been sober and clean for almost 13 years. She is now enjoying a much happier life with her husband and three kids. If my friend Jenny was able to recover from a chronic alcoholism, YOU can do it too.