3 Life-Changing Tips for Alcoholics

As the old saying goes, it takes one to know one. As a recovering alcoholic, Gene Gorman has been there and done that—and lived to tell the tale in his book You Had to Be There. If you’re struggling with alcoholism, these three tips from Gene could change your life.

1. Be Honest with Yourself
Accept the fact that if you’re unable to drink and yes use drugs safely, alcohol, pot, coke, but if you can’t you have to face the fact that you might be an alcoholic or an addict. About 10% of the population struggles with addiction And if you are, there’s a way out. The fact is, once you ‘ve been pickled you’ll never be a cucumber again. Gene had to face the fact that every time he drank he didn't get in trouble, but every time he got in trouble—be it with relationships, jobs or the law—drinking was involved.

2. Take a Risk
Take a risk and attend a few 12-step meetings: AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous). What do you have to lose? You can then pick up some literature, talk to people who are also struggling, and decide for yourself if you have a problem. No one there is going to try to convince you of anything. And remember: It's all anonymous.

3. Ask Yourself this Simple Question
“Am I in control when I drink?” If you can’t stop or predict your behavior once you start drinking, chances are you have a problem.

If you or someone you know is battling with alcoholism, Gene’s book, You Had to Be There, is a great choice for a gift. Experience Gene’s candid and heartfelt life, from the Vietnam War to battling with sobriety. To purchase "You Had to Be There," click here.

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