Why I Am No Longer An Alcoholic

In this episode I discuss my reasons for no longer considering myself to be an alcoholic

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13 thoughts on “Why I Am No Longer An Alcoholic

  1. Nice post and an interesting take on ‘acoholism’, ‘recovery’, and your place in that.

    I’ve been sober now for 26 months now, and don’t want to drink or take drugs to get high ever again. I have come a long way in quest to change my life and I feel I have had great success.

    This is something I think about too, but, I don’t challenge the ideas of alcoholism or recovery as you do, although I can see your point.

    I have finally settled into saying that I am a recovering alcoholic or alcoholic, whichever. This however, is only brought out occasionally and in front of people I who I think it won’t matter to, like friends. Or to people I think it will have some relevance to, such as those that suffering from their addictions.

    However, this particular label does still work for me, as I don’t place too much credence to it myself. It’s not a big deal to me but yes I once was or still am.

    I like what you said about your problems being no different to others, or that you are not trying to be special or use the label to advantage. I think I’m on the right track.

    These words do still have relevance to me though, and I have thrown these ideas around in my head myself before and even though I think I will never drink again, the relationship we have with language, is very powerful.

    Thanks for the post


    1. Thanks Paul, I do believe that we all have our own path and what works for me might not work for other people. It is my own experiences that have led to my views on the ‘recovering alcoholic’ label and I accept that other people will have different experiences. I also agree that it is not these words that are so important but the way we relate to them.

  2. Hey Paul,

    Great video! I can understand why some people would still feel the need to identify with the ‘addict’ label after becoming drug or alcohol free, but I’m with you on this one, it doesn’t work for me either. I don’t like labels full stop, but referring to yourself as an addict, when you’re no longer addicted just doesn’t feel right for me. I wouldn’t ever knock the tradition which uses these labels, as many many people have found sobriety and a better life after committing to these programs. But it’s a perfectly valid point you make, and one which I fully subscribe to!

    All the best,

    1. Thanks Angus, I sometimes worry that the labels we use limit our world. I accept that some people may benefit from continuing to view themselves as an alcoholic, but it just doesn’t work for me either. I feel like Iโ€™ve paid my dues to alcohol, and I donโ€™t want to give it any more free advertising ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hey Paul
    I choose to call myself recovering addict/alcoholic. I do not think of myself as special or belonging to a special group, this is what works for me. I do think though i have some protection that a lot of others people suffering from addiction dont have this is called Sajja. Iam grateful for this life i have and grateful to all who have helped me on my journey and will only share to people who are willing to listen what i have done and what i do to stay clean, this has worked for me for 10 years now so i cant knock it. i do not think or never thought that i was special or had or have a special disease, if i started to talk and think like that then i think i would be on dodgy ground. I dont think i have an understanding of why others do or say things i can only say what it is like for me, i really dont want to be judgemental about others in recovery or any other people for that matter. Glad to hear you are successful like other successful people though. Good luck and take care.

    Stuart B

    1. Nice to hear from you Stuart. I suppose we all have to make our own decision about how we choose to label ourselves. I don’t know what’s best for other people, but I do know what works for me. Maybe there is no right answer in this.

      1. Some people like to put a labels on me. i can choose today to do this for myself. Iam not too sensative about this anymore. I know iam and like being a little bit nuts some would and have said i was mentally ill i tend to agree although my wording would be different the likes of nuts, crazy, aff my head sit ok with me.Think some one mentioned about the power of words in your “why i believe magic post” I like the fact their are other ways of getting out of drugs/alcohol abuse, i like what you say on that point about you wanting to help other people. Options and choices the more the merrier. Will be over in July if you fancy a wee jaunt up to TKB for some food and a blether.

  4. my name is lee,my sobriety date is 9-29-11.G.O.D. has removed the desire to drink and do drugs, a.a. and the steps helped with this. i no longer am alcoholic or a drug addict.i do not want to say “I AM” anything which does not apply, especially negative.my sponsor says its for the new comer, i will not call myself anything that is not true. or just to make someone feel better.today I AM fearless, loving, compassionate, honest……thanks and G.O.D Bless. G.O.D.=Good Orderly Direction.

  5. Hey Paul, good of you to post this. I think from time to time we all ask ourselves the question of are we, aren’t we. When I quit, I went above and beyond to ensure I was not labeled as being “in recovery”. My mindset was, and is, if you are going to move forward you have to leave the past behind so any iconic labels were out the door. I did not attend AA; instead I studied the heck out of the condition of addiction from every aspect, and did so to understand how to properly address it, and to NOT be forever associated with it. Two years later, I can say I was recovering most of that first year, full of denial about where I had been because it was surreal to me, but full of determination to not let it happen again. I drank twelve diet cokes a day for a few months, then re-calibrated my brain with neural entrainment exercises while studying and outlining my progress to return to normalcy. In addition, to accelerate my healing process, I focused everything I could to on physiology, knowing damage had been done. As a result, I did not have what so many did and still do, which are routine urges to drink. I have move forward to my next project, which I considered important and was my next step; to read the bible cover to cover. Surprisingly, it was not the daunting task I thought it would be, and because I did it at this time to seek knowledge and gain more understanding about life, it could not have been done at a better time. I know each has their own path, but this one, with this approach and process, has been spot on for me. Good luck to all.

    1. Hi TK, it sort of felt like I was going off track there for a few months, so I really needed that time to ask the important questions. It has given me life a more obvious purpose, and I feel more optimistic about the future than ever. In the past I’ve been optimistic about life going my own way but now I’m just happy with the idea that things will work out as they should. It sounds like your sober path is taking you in an equally positive, so we have a good deal to feel good about.

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