Friday, November 7, 2014

Are you an alcoholic?

  I'm usually encouraging others to seek help through my stories of addiction. But I want to pose a question to you. Are you an alcoholic? Seriously, are you? do you indulge in drinking a little more than you would like to? Have you found yourself having a couple more drinks each night than you usually do? Do you find yourself getting drunk every weekend or even during the week?

If you think you might have a problem with alcohol or are not sure if you do, I encourage you to take this simple quiz at . Just simply answer the 12 questions to see if you may have a problem.

  Alcoholism is a serious problem. It ruins lives. It's breaks up families. It can and has killed
No one could tell me when I had enough
people. I am not saying it's a disease, a physical problem, or a mental problem. I'm not a doctor or a clinical specialist so I am not able to say what it is. I can say it ruined my life. No one forced me to drink. No one put a gun to my head. I didn't choose to become an alcoholic. I woke up one day and found out the hard way that I was an alcoholic.

  By me being an alcoholic I lost a marriage, a home, a vehicle, my life as I knew it. I wound up being homeless living on the streets in New Orleans, Louisaina. I lived under a bush for almost three years. I pan handled
for change to get my alcohol. I dug through dumpsters for my food at times. I would go weeks at a time without bathing. The only thing that was on my mind 24 hours a day, 7 days a week was alcohol. Alcohol had taken complete control of my life, my being. I lived, breathed, and dreamt of nothing else but getting my next drink.

  My drinking got so bad that I couldn't eat, sleep, work, walk, or even go to the bathroom unless I had alcohol in me. I would sweat, have the shakes, be confused, loose complete days to blackouts. I barely remember anything from 2006. I would spasm so bad at times from withdrawals when I did try to quick or was not about to get alcohol I would be bed ridden for days at a time (bush ridden when I was living under the bush). Alcohol had me and I thought I had no way out.

My drinking was going to kill me
  It finally got to a point where I was so beat down from alcoholism I gave up. I told myself I couldn't get any lower unless I was put in a casket. That's when I decided to quick. If it killed me so be it because if I kept drinking I was going to die anyway. I had nothing to loose at that point. I checked myself into a homeless shelter. I spend two years getting my life back in order. I did what I had to do to get back to some resemblance of normalcy. It was not easy but it was worth it. I now have my life back. I have a home, a good job, a wonderful woman who supports me and encourages me. I'm living the life of my dreams. I'm sober.

  I'm encouraging others to seek help through my stories of addiction. Hopefully I can
Sobriety gave me my life back
encourage you too. If you think you may have a problem with alcohol or are not sure or are just curious to see what your results are, I urge you to take the quiz. It may change your life. It might even save your life or keep you from living a life on the streets, digging through dumpsters, and sleeping under a bush for almost three years. Take the quiz at