ac·knowl·edg·ment [ak- nol–ij-m uhnt] NOUN
- 1. an act of acknowledging.
- 2. recognition of the existence or truth of something: the acknowledgment of a sovereign power.
- 3. an expression of appreciation.
- 4. a thing was done or given in appreciation or gratitude.
“Do You need Acknowledgement in Recovery”
Everyone who socially takes a drink, or uses drugs (illicit), does so for recreational purposes. Face it, it is a socially accepted norm, even the recreational use of illicit drugs in public places is more common now. I’ve seen people snort cocaine sitting in a restaurant.
Alcohol & drugs are both mood altering substances and if taken to access or used irresponsibly can be harmful, even fatal. We have all seen the “Drink Sensibly” adverts, and no one in this day and age can plead ignorance of the possible dangers of alcohol & drug abuse.
Everyone who drinks or uses does suffer from the withdrawal “hangover” at a later stage mostly the next morning. Not a pleasant experience at all. “Never again”, that’s what I’d tell myself time and time again, but did I learn? No.
You cannot but acknowledge the risks of drug & alcohol abuse, but there is always the attitude, it can’t happen to me or they are worse than me. Deep down, we all feel bad when we suffer consequences due to the abuse drugs and alcohol and it does make you think, I’ll never do that again.
Addictive use and abuse are not the same things. You don’t have to be an addict to abuse alcohol & drugs. This is more prevalent in today’s culture with “Binge Drinking”. People who binge, do so on a night out not on a regular basis. They can take it or leave it in between. Those who suffer from addiction, on the other hand, have a constant obsession with drink/drugs, but might not publicly abuse alcohol or drugs. There is though a very fine line here.
So to sum up, everyone who drinks or uses drugs does acknowledge that there is a risk in what they are doing, even on a subconscious level.
My next article is on Admitting that there is a problem, stay tuned.
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