ABOUT ME AND MY PODCASTS.
My name is Michael and I have been alcohol free for over 8 years, and now feel free from alcoholism and addiction, which is a major relief. I find not drinking alcohol pretty easy these days, but this certainly was not always the case and so I want to produce a series of podcasts, discussing the way that people can beat alcoholism. For many, putting down the drink is going to be the hardest thing they do. Most people do not succeed at first and many fall by the wayside. I think one of the stumbling blocks is that although there are some effective solutions and support groups out there, many people do not find out about them.
It took me many attempts to stop. I had periods of being alcohol free between the age of 30 and 40, but I always went back to drinking in a disastrous fashion. I did not do any research into stopping drinking, and just simply tried to stop without addressing any of the problems in my life or incidents in the past that had affected me. I did not want to join AA, but like so many others I grudgingly ended up there when I was 40. I certainly took what I wanted and left the rest in AA as I only remained an active member for 18 months. I learnt from the sharing and found being in a supportive sober community helpful, but the religious side was not for me. I had suffered from depression for some time and although it had partially lifted when I stopped drinking, it returned and I was encouraged to pray myself well in AA, which I decided was pointless. It was time for something new!