Understanding the symptoms of alcohol and drug addiction isn’t so simple, says Harriet Hunter, author of the best-selling recovery book, “Miracles Of Recovery.”
WILMINGTON, NC, May 01, 2022 /24-7 PressRelease/ — Substance abuse (SUD) is a difficult form of disorder to diagnose – not because the symptoms are hidden or masked, but (in many cases) because the addict refuses to recognize the presence of the disease. Refusal to admit there is a problem does not solve the problem. Therein lies the insidious nature of addiction. Harriet Hunter, best-selling author of Miracles Of Recovery, addressed this topic in a recent article titled “Symptoms of Alcohol and Drug Addiction.” This article says in part:
There is no other brain cell destroyer like the subtlety of alcohol and the persistence of drugs.
For many of us, alcohol attacks without warning, seeping into and insidiously distorting an otherwise logical mind. According to our literature, those who are under the spell of a substance use disease, those with SUD, are generally outperforming in all other aspects of their lives except symptoms and manifestations of alcohol and drugs. This barrage begins, as brain cells and synapses flicker, are damaged and die. Some of us were blackout drinkers straight away, some are bingers, people who drink for short periods of time while others seem to have an unlimited capacity to drink around the clock. Others, there are those for whom we will never understand: those who can take it or leave it:
They go away, with alcohol, beer or wine in their glass, and they leave it.
We know the effects are so elusive that we think we need more, and we do. For us, there is always a need for more. The booze works uninterruptedly behind the scenes, demanding ever more serious cooperation from its host, with every sip.
Research, according to Iranpour A, Nakhaee N. A Review of Alcohol-Related Harms: A Recent Update. Health addict. 2019 Apr;11(2):129-137. doi:10.22122/ahj.v11i2.225 shows that alcohol abuse can increase the risk of many different health problems such as:
Cancers of the lung, throat, esophagus, brain, stomach, liver, rectum and breast, liver disease, chronic kidney disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, pneumonia, depression and severe anxiety, violent acts or outbursts, erectile dysfunction, low libido
Like a deadly insect ready to attack, alcohol seeks the sweetness of the internal organs and begins the destruction even when we feel good.
ALCOHOL IS A TRIPLE DISEASE OF PERCEPTION:
We experience the “craving phenomenon,” described in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, which begins before we take the first drink. It is this mental obsession with drinking that drives the physiological phenomena of craving, the insatiable need for another that sets off our journey into madness. These events, associated with a disease of the soul which indicates our own autonomy, combine to mask an illusion of grandeur.
Alcohol transforms our thinking away from the logic of our reality. We see, hear and believe the person we always wanted to be, but never were. Many of us got loud, outgoing, or downright dangerous, while others captivated us with friendly voices they didn’t know they had. Still others prefer the isolation that drinking alcohol brings.
Alcoholism never stops. It moves forward, emphasizing our utmost care in pursuing complete ownership of our soul. It is with us always, growing like a cancer when committed to our affected bloodstream until we put it into remission with abstinence, or death, or until we leave. – once for all.
What makes booze so popular is its reliability, and that for people over 21 or younger in some states, it’s legal and accessible. We know what we can expect from our drink of choice. Compared to the false complexity of drugs, 80% alcohol is still, 80% alcohol. This, combined with the ease of availability, eliminates most of our concerns as one drink becomes too much, yet a hundred is never enough.
The National Institute on Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse mentioned in 2018 that 88,000 people die each year from alcohol-related deaths. It goes on to say that globally, alcohol abuse was the fifth leading risk factor for premature death and disability in 2010. Now those statistics may be doubled with the onslaught of the pandemic, l isolation, job loss and more.
Although opioids can pave the way for addiction abuse, benzodiazepines, stimulants, and sleeping pills pose a dangerous threat to our health, including:
• Gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting or nausea
• Decreased respiratory function (lung)
• Mood swings
• Dangerously high body temperatures
• Decreased brain functions such as memory and the ability to think clearly
• Paranoia or aggressive behaviors
• The death
Unfortunately for the true alcoholic or drug addict, none of this potential damage seems to make a difference. Our disease tells us that they can happen to other people, but not to us.
Similar blogs can be found on Hunter’s website at https://www.harriethunter.org.
Although there are many treatment approaches and programs, what is common to people who are successful in a substance abuse program is shared pain and loneliness, often with an ongoing support system for the person struggling. disease. This support system is what Harriet Hunter offers in “Miracles of Recovery: Daily Meditations of Hope, Courage and Faith.”
With 365 daily inspirations. Miracles of Recovery was written not only for drug addicts, but also for parents, spouses – anyone affected by the disease, because addiction is a family affair. Using the foundation of 12-step recovery, Miracles of Recovery takes holistic suggestions as a practical approach for those who must face life on the terms of life, clean and sober. Encouraging and empowering, Miracles of Recovery inspires with universal truths, “because,” says Harriet, “once we know better, we do better.”
Miracles of Recovery shows through personal examples how to achieve long-term sobriety by adopting new behavior and positive reinforcement, regardless of what is going on in your life. She offers a personal, sometimes raw, reflection of the truth about addiction rarely seen elsewhere.
Tools needed to maintain sobriety and change your life by changing your perspective are also offered. Miracles of Recovery suggests readers “Do Life Differently,” through exercises, solutions, and methods to improve self-esteem, confidence, and embrace a deep sense of hope necessary for success. The author urges the reader to embrace the belief that no matter what life’s challenges are, “NOTHING can change the course of recovery when you keep yourself, your sobriety, and your Higher Power first in your life.” In short, Miracles of Recovery offers hope where there is none through a simple action plan for complicated people.
Hunter has received rave reviews for her work from readers and critics. Vernita Taylor of Readers Favorite said, “Miracles of Recovery: Daily Meditations of Hope, Courage, and Faith by Harriet Hunter is a great choice if you’re struggling with addiction because it provides a full year of inspiration and assertions that I appreciated. I see this book as a mentor or sponsor that walks by your side and helps you improve while teaching you how to manage your stressors. The best teacher is someone who’s been there and done it, and this book doesn’t disappoint. The author knows firsthand what it takes and what it feels like to be addicted. If you need help along your journey, get a copy of this book; it is highly recommended.”
Anthony Capozzolli from Dismantled Life Podcast said, “Miracles of Recovery was a feast for my recovering soul. Each page is filled with love and helpful information that leads to discovery. I read each page by date and randomly turn to other pages for an extra spiritual hug when I need it. It’s almost as if Harriet wrote her wonderful book for me. Page after page hits so close to home that I often tear from positive awareness and clarity of emotion.
Miracles of Recovery received the first President’s Award in the non-fiction category from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.
Since her walk to recovery in 1999, Harriet has had one main goal: to show others how they can achieve their miracles while staying sober with a vision and a determination to never turn back, one day at a time.
Using her strength of experience and her hope, Harriet strives to be a channel of encouragement to others in their illness of alcoholism and drugs of choice, showing them what continues to work. With practical tools, principles and promises found in A.A. and other 12-step programs, it reflects examples of how anyone can be freed from bondage to self, no matter whatever his situation.
With every purchase of a personalized autograph copy of Miracles of Recovery from its website, Hunter provides a free copy of its e-book, “Your Daily Reprieve; How to maintain long-term sobriety calmly just for today” in PDF format.
Harriet Hunter has developed a six-module course for people who thrive on personal insight and emotional growth as they seek to connect the dots in their lives. Journaling with a purpose! is a reflective exercise, sometimes intensive, for selfish people who want more from life. Its focus is both emotionally therapeutic and entertaining, as participants look within themselves for resilient, positive changes to solutions and characteristics from which they expect more. Harriet is never far away. She hosts web-based meetings, while delivering videos, offers free giveaways, handouts, and plenty of prompts that encourage and explain what the writer can expect from each module.
Details are available on her website at https://www.harriethunter.org/jwap.
Harriet Hunter is available for media interviews and speaking engagements and can be reached using the information below or by email at [email protected]. More information, including the journaling course, free audios, eBooks, handouts, and other freebies can be found by visiting https://www.harriethunter.org.
About Harriet Hunter:
With over 22 years of sobriety, Harriet has worked with hundreds of women who suffer from alcoholism and drug addiction to help them find peace in active sobriety, and mentors women face-to-face and online. Readers can find her on the global recovery site, Intherooms.com, where she’s been given her own room and brings Miracles to life every Sunday at 2:00 PM EST.
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