Why Sobriety Is Harder Than It Looks
Written by Ron Bacon
In my many years working with addicts who went through rehab programs I witnessed countless numbers of false starts where the efforts to stay sober were defeated by what has been described as a “cunning and baffling” disease. I also have celebrated many victories in which the “miracle” has happened and sanity has been restored. What makes the difference? What makes achieving sobriety so challenging?
Why Sobriety Takes Longer Than You Expect
Written by Ron Bacon
   Sobriety must be understood as distinctly different than simply being abstinent. A famous illustration of the difference appears in the “Big Book” of AA where the story of an ambitious young businessman is recounted. This man had a burning desire to achieve wealth and became aware that his drinking was interfering with his performance toward that goal. And so, he quit drinking  . . .  
Why Most People Can't Do This Alone
Written by Ron Bacon
   If you think that the “doing this alone” is regarding to the addict or alcoholic, what will be referred to here as the substance use disorder (SUD) person you’d be right. But, I’m also referring to the loved ones of those with SUD. Waiting for a loved one to “hit bottom” to become motivated enough to admit that they have a problem that they can’t solve on their own is excruciatingly painful. And, because pain is a motivator, the one in the pain will do what occurs naturally which in the case of the SUD loved one is attempting to persuade, coerce, or control them into appropriate action. This quite predictably begins a cycle of . . .