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Pregnancy Catalyzes Sobriety

Though the recovery community is vast, we are all loosely connected by the journey and the common desire for a better life.

But all of our stories are unique and everyone comes to this place via a different path. If you ask a group of people in recovery what made them stop drinking and seek sobriety, the most common answer will be some sort of stressful event.

That stressful event or events that spur sobriety can be either positive or negative, eustress or distress respectively. Perhaps some of the most impactful distress is the death of a loved one or friend from alcoholism or an alcohol-related death. In these and other situations of distress a person may having a hard time staying on the recovery track because they haven’t spent adequate time building coping skills. Eustress is positive stress like a new job or getting married. Sure the situation may be demanding but the outcome is usually more exciting than it is distressing.

Arguably the most life-changing form of (hopefully) eustress is a pregnancy. It’s been said on countless occasions, and in several facets that becoming a mother or a father changes your life, and that change is irrevocable.

A Guide to Recognizing the Signs of Alcoholism

Determining if someone is alcohol dependent, or what some would call an alcoholic, is not as simple as giving them a questionnaire, especially if you’re not trained on the subject. Some of the signs of alcoholism can be signs of other disorders as well, and they can appear differently in different people.

The stereotype of the alcoholic is the drunk in a ditch at the side of the road sipping out of a paper bag, but there are very few alcoholics who fit that profile. Many alcoholics hold down jobs, some in very technical fields, and some are very adept at hiding their drinking from others. This makes it dangerous to assess other people, but it can be helpful to attempt to assess yourself.

Warning Signs of Alcoholism

There is a difference between being a full-fledged alcoholic and having a drinking problem. If your drinking has led to difficulties at work, at school, or in relationships, then you have a problem – even if you only drink rarely or socially. If you binge drink one or more nights a week, then your drinking falls under alcohol abuse, but you may or may not be drinking alcoholically. Alcoholism has three distinct characteristics: tolerance, withdrawal, and cravings. While all types of drinking affect the brain, alcoholics develop dependency.